Friday, January 14, 2011

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Today's Birds

Today's sunny weather really had the birds out and about. I saw White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp, Song, and American Tree Sparrows; a light phase Rough-legged Hawk has been back since Wednesday; a dark Western Red-tailed Hawk was spotted this afternoon; even the Eastern Meadowlarks were singing their tinkling tune. There were some signs that maybe spring isn't as far off as it seems.

Below the Rough-legged Hawk flies by the Merlin bird radar unit.

Rough-legged Hawk and radar
Rough-legged Hawk

Usually when it snows there will be around a hundred or so Horned Larks picking for food along the roadsides, oddly enough this week I have only found one.

Horned Lark
Horned Lark

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

The meadowlarks are numerous at the active dumping area. There were probably around two dozen looking for scraps alongside the starlings. This guy below finds an old stale piece of bread too good not to eat.

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark

1 comments:

dreamfalcon said...

great photos of the Meadowlark and the Horned Lark too. Never seen any of them till now.
Cardinal is great too, one of my favorites.

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