Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Birds are a trickling in...

With north winds being steady for about the last week, birds are definitely on the move!  I have good numbers of Pine Siskins and a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the feeders.  From reading reports, it seems that a lot of birds are staging at that imaginary line that stretches from Columbus to Dayton Ohio.  I have noticed that a lot of years, many northern birds stage at locations just to the north of here.  Maybe this year, they will continue to push south.  I am hoping for scoters, I have only White-winged Scoter on my lifelist.

Good numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls are present currently at East Fork.  I and others have been trying to search the gulls to turn up maybe a Little Gull, but with no luck.

The resident Bald Eagles have been fairly active as of recently, and I expect that they may again attempt to nest in the area.  I have been seeing two adults and two juveniles.

Here is one of the adults after flying the beach to scatter the gulls.


Adult Bald Eagle

and shortly after the adult, one of the immatures does the same.

Imm. Bald Eagle far



American Pipits have been regular at the beach at East Fork.  Here is one that was very cooperative.  They are not the easiest birds to spot.


American Pipit

American Pipit

American Pipit

American Pipit


A friend of mine got lucky and was able to photograph a Lapland Longspur in the grass on the beach the other day.  I haven't been able to find the the longspur, however I did run across a couple of Snow Buntings.  I love Snow Buntings!

Snow Buntings


They seem to love the grass seeds here.  Last year some stayed for a while here.  This one is chowing down.

Snow Bunting


Isn't it cute?

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting


Love those white wings!

Snow Bunting


Hoping for Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders, they are not too far from my place.  Going to look for crossbills today.

8 comments:

  1. Donald, you're torturing me with those Snow Buntings...another one of my nemesis birds.

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  2. Seen 7 today again. No longpurs, groseaks, or crossbills though.

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  3. Ah Snow Buntings...I envy you Donald!

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  4. Bonitas capturas,las del Escribano nival me gustan mucho.Saludos

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  5. Nice Pipit and Snow Bunting shots! I have had no luck this year with Pipits and Snow Buntings... maybe if we get some snow this winter.

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  6. Fantastic photographs of beautiful birds! I especially love the sweet bunting and pipit images. I too am on the lookout for crossbills and grosbeaks in our area.

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