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Sunday Birding

Today I forced myself to get outside and do a little birding for a few hours. I only wished that the sun was around longer!! But, I did enjoy myself and had some great birds show up.

Eagle American Robin

I started off tottering around Wolf Run trying to explore the work done by the beavers this winter. With a lack of birds I figured it was time to head over to the Allegheny River and try to locate some Bald Eagles. Quickly 5 Bald Eagles were located gathering around something dead on the waters edge. Trying to focus the spotting scope better, I felt the hair on the back of my neck start to raise …. then turned around with a juvenal Bald Eagle flying over me. Lighting made it difficult but I was able to get in a few shots in before the bird disappeared into the trees. While getting back into my truck I was dazzled by 4 American Robins taking turns feeding on some sumac. I have been wondering were all my orange bellied friends have been hiding this winter. It is amazing how you have no birds all day and then surprise!

Great Blue Heron Starlings

Once I made it back to Allegany, I spend some time searching Quaker Lake for some waterfowl. I only located a small raft of Hooded Mergansers and unsuccessfully searched the 100+ starlings for other blackbird species. Birds continued to be very quite in the France Brook area and then I finally hit a jackpot. There was a stunning pair of Common Mergansers and a Great Blue Heron hanging out at one of the Beaver ponds. Might not have been the best birding day but I just enjoyed getting out hiking around (and away from the computer for a little while).

Common Merganser Ruffed Grouse

3 responses

  1. Wait – you had to *force* yourself to go outside? I thought that’s where you lived – outside! I’m glad you got out – must have been awesome to see the Eagles! Robins? This time of year here? Why because the weather hasn’t been crummy? I love the other birds you found – great shots for such a dark day, huh?

    8 January 2007 at 8:31 am

  2. Good stuff – love the Grouse photo! I got to spend the weekend working on our kitchen while it was 65deg and sunny outside :-/

    8 January 2007 at 11:06 am

  3. Yes, sometimes I do have to force myself to get outside! But, I don’t go kicking! Thanks Nature Woman! Adam – thanks and very nice where you are at!

    8 January 2007 at 7:35 pm

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