Monday, January 19, 2015
The Star-Studded Escapades
Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight
Great Blue Heron in Flight
Canada Goose Springs from Water
Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch, Non-Breeding Plumage
0815-1030 hrs./31-55 degrees F/0-22 mph wind gusts/partly cloudy
These were yesterday's(Sunday 01-18-15) photos, which was an outstanding day. The wind began kicking up at approximately 0900 hrs., then by 1015 was gusting steadily at 22 mph. With the lovely weather came a number of beautiful birds, and I investigated The Northern Reaches, where I found the Great Blue Heron in flight, who later landed by the snags and chortled at me.
Even though the European Starling is despised by most, it really is a beautiful non-indigenous bird.
For those that don't know it, these birds steal nest cavities fashioned by other birds and destroy the eggs of other birds. But I pose one question: if the starling was not in the US, how much would the lives of other birds have changed? Sadly, we'll never know the answer to that.
Much of the ice has disappeared from the lake due to the present January thaw. Enjoy it while you can,
for winter will return with a vengeance. Don't put away those hats and gloves yet.