Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring Birds are Trickling In


                                                                   Harris's Sparrow


                                                                    Brown Thrasher


                                                                    American Coot


                                                                   Savannah Sparrow


                                                                  Pied-billed Grebe


                                                                     Mallard Drake


                                                              Red-bellied Woodpecker


                                                                  American Kestrel


                                                                           Ditto


55-65 degrees F/0800-1030 hrs. DST/partly cloudy/light and variable winds

We're finally into daylight saving time, which means that I go out later in the morning, but have
an extra hour of birding if my schedule is fortunate enough.  Needless to say, I have been silent for
quite some time due to bad weather, or a bad schedule.  Many times I have cursed under my breath, as sunlight finally came just after I got to work, or out was time to leave for work.

In any event, today was well worth waiting for, as one can see.  Evidently good things come in due time, and it surely was time for these good things to come to pass.  Al things aside, though, I have been very fortunate, even though I have not been able to be out as much.

Spring birds are trickling in, while winter birds are either getting ready to leave, or have been well on their way out of here.  I was pleased to see half a dozen Green-winged Teal on the lake, the grebes in breeding plumage, plenty of sparrows still around(the choices were good and there were plenty of Song Sparrows still available).  I wasn't able to get a good photo of a Field Sparrow, but one was available.

There were a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks, a Purple Martin, and as you can see, my first of season
Brown Thrasher.

The American Kestrel, a very colorful falcon was doing a bit of hunting in my presence, so I cannot complain.

I truly hope that your day was every bit as good as mine.