Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sun and Fun For All

                                                                   Pied-billed Grebe

                                                                      Song Sparrow

                                                                   American Pelican

                                                           Northern Mockingbird

0730-1100 hrs./37-50 degrees F/light and variable winds/partly to mostly cloudy

There are several Pied-billed Grebes on the lake this winter, one of which has been in the Southern Cove for the past two days.  This lovely specimen is a little shy, but I hope it will get used to the surroundings.  This area is sheltered and kept this sweet little bird sheltered from a Red-shouldered Hawk that was nearly overhead, so it worked out well.  Last seek there were hawk trappings hanging on a tree(wings), so I sometimes hold my breath around the red-shoulders.

A lone American Pelican came calling, most likely the one that was reported to me at Hazen Lake last week.  I happened to find it east of Goose Island, but it had made its way to the west side of the lake on my return trip.

Large numbers of Song Sparrows were all over the area this morning, some in groups of two or three.

The Carolina Chickadee males are claiming territories and they were also available in numbers.

The American Robin and Red-winged Blackbird are both moving in numbers, and I'm inclined to think that we area already experiencing early spring movement.