Saturday, December 27, 2014
Great Blue Heron Stretches
Northern Mockingbird Poses
Great Blue Heron Shows Off
Two Females and One Male Canvasback
46-50 degrees F/0830-0930/partly cloudy/20 mph winds
As we begin the biguine for the season, life is calm yet full of life on the lake. The Cackling Goose is a rare visitor here, and this one was a stunning example. They are generally with groups of traveling Canada Geese, and this was was clearly posing, like George Washington on the Potomac.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Great Blue Heron
Two Tom Turkeys with Hen
Two Tom Turkeys with Another Hen
36-46 degrees/partly cloudy/light and variable winds/0730-1430
This was our second day of the Christmas Bird Count, and here are some of the notable mentions
on this date. My highlight was the Greater Roadrunner, which I had first seen last spring. This
character was posing for me today instead of running. There was a ground of sixty turkeys seen first thing in the morning, and the displays were impressive. There were only these two males among
females. Last but not least, here are a few steer that happened to be in the area.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Bald Eagle in Nest
Sheep(Across From Eagle's Nest)
Brahma Bull(Nearly Under Eagle's Nest)
Recently Born Lamb with Mother
Lamb Close Up
48-54 degrees/mostly Cloudy/35 mph wind gusts/0800-1700 hrs.
This was my first participation in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and we had a 15-mile square
area near Sooner Lake. We observed a number of beds, including Red-tailed, Harlan's, Cooper's Hawks, a Prairie Falcon, Kestrels, Bald Eagles, numerous passerines, Canada Geese, an assortment of ducks, etc. There will be more coming up on Saturday, so do stay tuned.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Great Blue Heron
This has been a rather rough week, trying to get some light in the fog, but as you can see, a few
things managed to appear for me to set my sights on. And there are also some special things in the works, so we'll see what more the future holds. So in the meantime, keep on breathing and
get out your binoculars and cameras, as the fun is about to begin for the Christmas Bird Count.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Two Bufflehead Males
Male Bufflehead Taking Flight
11-30-14/0800-0930/partly cloudy/15-20 mph winds
The Western Grebe comes to visit occasionally, but this is the first time that conditions were good in order to obtain a few decent photos. This bird is not in breeding plumage yet, but will be soon enough. By the time that happens, he or she will be gone. I see them ever December, but they are rare visitors to the area.