Today was a perfect day to do some bird watching and I was happy to locate 29 species of birds. Although most of the waterways were frozen over, there were 6 species that were first of the year sightings for me (which include the): Pied-billed Grebe, Woodduck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Killdeer, and Song Sparrow. Other great sightings for the day included the Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Wild Turkey, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead and a Red-necked Grebe! I spent extensive time watching the Red-necked Grebe with hopes that I might be able to see a band on it. I even tried to shoot some video threw my spotting scope and this evening I reviewed all the video clips frame by frame. Here are two good clips of the Grebe that I captured through my spotting scope (most others were too wobbly):
I was only able to find one frame in that second clip that the Grebe could possibly have a band on it. (It reminds me of reviewing a bad video and trying to determine if it was an ivory-billed or pileated). After continuing to review that one frame the sparkle that I saw could possibly be a reflection of the sun in the water (because I also saw it on its other leg). Ugggg!! So, I am unsure if this is the rescued bird or if it is a different bird!! Your guess is as good as mine and it is probably best that I don’t know for sure!!! I will try to get some additional pictures from the day uploaded for tomorrows post. Had Turkey for dinner, so I am ready to head off to bed and not going to spend the night editing pictures.
While out searching for birds, I happened to travel through maple syrup country. I just love this time of the year!
EDITORS NOTE: Just wanted to let everyone know that I am giving the large video size a try and if anyone prefers the smaller size, please let me know! I also have been giving the more feature a try and this should help speed up the load time for anyone viewing my blog (including me who has dial up). I have also added a photo page for those who want to see a breakdown of my pictures.