Sunday, November 22, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
1200-1530 hrs./44-47 degrees F/partly cloudy/18 mph wind gusts
These are mostly shots at The Northern Reaches, which I suspected was going to be "that" kind
of day. It was a rather chilly day, by the standards of a northern transplant, so I expected a day of interest. My feelings were not disappointed.
Waterbirds were on the lake proper, and there were plenty of sparrows and berry eaters awaiting
a feast, which they received at The Reaches. It was a good day of cajoling and cavorting, and tomorrow should be just as good, if not better. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
0710-1020 hrs./40-56 degrees F/partly cloudy/light and variable winds
This was a day of great interest, as many birds were out enjoying the day once it warmed up.
Canvasbacks and the Cackling Goose were on the water early, the corvidae(jays, crows, magpie clan) were not to be outdone, and the raptors were in tow. Sparrows were well-represented, as were songbirds.
Plenty of birds are still out there to be enjoyed even as the cold begins setting in, so get out there to enjoy them.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Female House Finch
Slate-colored Junco and Chipping Sparrow
Female Slate-colored Junco
Under Umbrella of Collective Term
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
0650-1010 hrs./55-65 degrees F/partly cloudy/18 mph winds dropping to light and variable winds
This was an exemplary day, noting the arrival of 46 Cedar Waxwings, including juveniles. This
was also the the second day of a low pressure system and the sun did its best to come through the clouds, but wasn't able to stay for long, providing a very challenging time for pictures. Among this crowd was the White-throated Sparrow, close to a dozen Slate-colored Juncos, which falls under the collective term of Dark-eyed Junco. Juncos have several subspecies, and even though I wished to be in the presence of the Gray-headed Junco, it was not to be. A couple of Chipping Sparrows popped
out from the mix, so there were definitely no complaints.
There were an easy dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, allowing good clicks, a pair of House Finches, but no superb rarity. I do get my share of those, but this wasn't the day for it.
There could be something in store over the weekend, but time will tell.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Eastern Towhee, Red-eyed
0640-1015/50-62 degrees F/partly cloudy to sunny/light and variable winds
This is day two after a low pressure system that hasn't cleared until today, and all of these birds were
located at The Northern Reaches. Being the first day of the time change, it didn't hurt that I was out
in the field an hour early. The birds were out in full force and they were hungry. Our migrants are still coming in, and I was counting high on all the birds, except the lone little Eastern Towhee, which is a rare bird in this area. Usually we have the Spotted Towhee, which is basically the same, except it has white spots on the wings. For some reason, I get more than my share of rarities, so it always pays
to have one's eyes open.
Look around for the sparrows, as they are coming though now, so they will be more apparent, especially the Song Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. These two birds tend to spend the cool seasons with us, just like the Yellow-rumped Warbler, which is the only warbler that will be in the country over the winter.
Welcome to the cooler time of year with a small current sampling of what you will see. There will still be plenty of old favorites for you to get black-oil sunflower seeds for. Enjoy the birds this winter!