Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Pre-Christmas Surprises of the Season


Greater White-fronted Geese


                                                                   Bewick's Wren



                                                                     Brown Pelican


                                                                           Ditto


                                                                Flying In From Dam
                                                           

                                                                     American Robin


                                                                  Northern Cardinal


                                                      Dark-eyed Junco (Slate Colored)


                                                                     Harris's Sparrow


12-05 - 12-17-16

This assortment was taken both before and after the Deep Freeze of 2016.  With the freeze
came the first photo, the Greater White-fronted Geese.  They were in the company of Canada and Cackling Geese, as well as a Wood Duck, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, and a
handful of domestics.

It wasn't as cold as it had been for that shot, it was just coming out of sub-zero wind chills, some of which were a little above zero.  I'd been out during those days and it wasn't pleasant, but good shots came with the territory.  Birds still must eat no matter what the temperature is, and they will come
nearer the colder that it gets.

Harris's Sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco, and Bewick's Wren were braving the wind just as I was, so
that was my reward for those endeavors.

The birds and I wish you the happiest of holidays and we'll still be seeing you after Christmas.