This Weeks Bird Updates
This was such a wonderful bird week that I needed to catch everyone up with my first for 2008 finds! With spring being only a month away . . . it was very apparent that birds are starting to work there way through the area.
First for 2008 (CHECK)
Merlin – Tuesday (19 Feb)
Canvasback – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Redhead – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Scaup Species – Wednesday (20 Feb)
American Coot – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Greater Black-backed Gull – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Double-crested Cormorant – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Long-eared Owl – Wednesday (20 Feb)
Red-winged Blackbird – Thursday (21 Feb)
Tuesday while traveling through the park . . . I observed a falcon following beside my vehicle and although my first guess was Kestrel it was actually a Merlin!! I was able to follow it for about 3 minutes until it disappeared from what my vision allows. I so love watching how quick these guys can fly and a great find for sure.
Wednesday while taking Young Naturalist J up to see the Short-eared Owl banding (but ended up catching a Long-eared Owl) . . . . I was able to locate many great waterfowl species along Lake Erie. Highlights were of course the Redheads and Canvasbacks (which I will do separate post with more of there photos here soon) but was great seeing many of these waterfowl up close. I did chase a possible Great Gray Owl that has been reported but never did end up locating it (nor has anyone else)!
I have been waiting all winter to report this but on Wednesday . . . . I had my first singing birds! Dark-eyed Juncos and Northern Cardinals were singing up a storm in the morning. Was the best thing I have heard in a VERY long time! Then on Thursday there was a Tufted Titmouse singing up in the tree (which I think he just wanted to hear about the Long-eared Owl). Look out . . . spring is on its way! (CHECK)
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