Day Before the Storm (part 2)
Wild Turkey wondering through the snow!
Today was a wonderful day with 43 species and a ton of photos. I decided to spit the post up between waterfowl (part 1) and non waterfowl (part 2). I started my day over at Red House Lake and one of the first birds I saw were 2 Eastern Meadowlarks (CHECK, first for 2007)!! I jumped out of my truck and took a long series of photos of these two first of the year birds (for the blog). Then I got a little too close and they flew away!! Going to review my pictures, I realized that I didn’t have a memory card in my camera!! Ugg – no pictures of Meadowlarks today!! I then headed to the woods in search of a Goshawk territory that I know about. Didn’t get dive bombed but did quickly observe the Goshawk passing overhead (CHECK, first for 2007)!! While searching for the Goshawk, I also come across an American Woodcock, Turkey Vulture and a Common Raven. This Wild Turkey (in picture above) greeted me once I returned back to my truck!
Winter Wren with nesting material.
I headed over to Quaker Lake and enjoyed chasing some waterfowl around (see previous post). I then decided to wonder into the tornado blowdown area to see if I could get any new thrush species (which I didn’t find)!! I come across this Winter Wren who I captured with some nesting material in its bill. It had happened so quickly and the bird disappeared as quickly as I had found it. They are so cute and well worth walking through this muddy area!! Even with temperatures the way they are, there are numerous birds starting to nest. I also had 2 Ruffed Grouse making me jump on 2 different occasions about 5 feet off the ground.
Golden-crowned Kinglet showing me its bling bling.
I walked around Red House Lake before calling it a day. I am so glad that I did because there were a few dozen Golden-crowned Kinglets that keeping me entertained. While photographing these kinglets, I heard a Pileated Woodpecker that was fairly close. Looked around and didn’t see anything, so I continued trying to photographing the Kinglets! Cool, there is a Swamp Sparrow (CHECK, first for 2007). Then I noticed a couple who were walking stop and then start point at something! Yep, the Pileated Woodpecker that I photographed below which I had ignored (and almost not photograph because of the kinglets)!!!
Pileated Woodpecker looking for Carpenter Ants.
It was a wonderful day with me finding 43 species of birds and 3 first for 2007’s. I hope the weather allows me to see just as many great birds during my BOS count tomorrow and maybe locate an Eastern Phoebe or Tree Swallow (which I didn’t locate today). I am still worrying about my insect eating feathered friends and should be warming up soon.