Saturday, February 26, 2011

Huge amount of birds in feeders today

Not sure what is going on, but my yard is rocking... In addition to the dozen Horned Larks that have been in my yard for a few days, there were 50+ Goldfinches, 30+ Tree Sparrows, 30+ House Finches, Starlings, Song Sparrow, a dozen Mourning Doves and one Coopers who made one pass, missed and hasnt been back..

 Photo opportunities are not great with snow, cloudy skys and blowing snow, but I managed a couple... looking forward to seeing what comes by in Migration...

Yesterday the feeders were going nuts...

Two days ago I finally had a Horned Lark show up in my feeder... pouncing along the ground, eating the thistle and seeds that were blowing across the snow... two days later, he invited all his friends.. I had a flock of a dozen larks and a few snow buntings that hung around the feeders all day. Song Sparrow visited as well as the ton of Goldfinches, Tree Sparrows, House Finches and Juncos... There also has been a large group of Mourning Doves the last week that visit the yard and sit on the wood structure I made behind the feeder.... Hoping the Snow Buntings come back today.... Didn't get a good picture of on photo to enlarge. *** Disclaimer*** Feeders were filled after the one photo... these birds are big eaters..

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Long Winter

This winter is killing me... looking forward to the spring... I had my first Horned Lark in the feeders a couple of minutes ago.. he didn't stay long and I barely got the doorwall open and snapped a quick pic before he bolted... wonder what took him so long.... there are a million of them around my home...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rough Legged Hawk

Worked in Port Huron today. On the way there took a short cut and came across a light morph Rough-Legged Hawk at Werderman and New Haven Rd... I also got an opportunity to shoot a pic of a Horned Lark and Tree Sparrow that were munching on some seed on top of the newly fallen snow.... Very Sunny day... almost didnt look like 8 degrees..  Scoped the St. Clair River in Port Huron.. One White winged Scoter, Red Breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Buffleheads and Common Goldeneyes... click on photos to enlarge