I had a good couple of days birding-wise this week. The migrations are ramping up and I’m seeing lots of waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes as well as a few songbirds coming though. The first Bald Eagle that I’ve seen at Meredith this year showed up on Wednesday (10/10/12). Of course the regulars like Great Blue Herons and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are still posing for me. Enough talk, here’s the photos.
Great Blue Heron
A Ladder-backed Woodpecker
A Common Grackle. They somehow seem less annoying out here than when they are scarfing french fries in McD’s parking lot.
A Western Meadowlark. They are hard to tell from the Eastern Meadowlarks until you hear them sing. Westerns have a more intricate song.
A Swamp Sparrow strikes a dramatic pose for me.A Townsend’s Solitaire. He has peach colored patches on his wings that are mostly hidden here, but are very noticeable when he flies.
An Osprey fishing for breakfast.
American Coot. I like the way the one front and center is eye-ballin’ me.
A pair of sleeping Pied-billed Grebes on a foggy morning just as the sun rose. The red is from the red-clay bluffs that the sun is reflecting off of across the pond. This is why I get up early.
Another Pied-billed Grebe. Pretty perky for this early. I like the way the still water reflects the red from the bluffs, but the wake of the grebe reflects the blue morning sky.
The fog was clearing as these Ring-necked Ducks, a Pied-billed Grebe and an American Coot made plans for the day.
A Forester’s Tern and a Killdeer share a sandbar .
More American Coots and who-knows-what-else.
Northern Shovelers at Spring Canyon.
The first Bald Eagle of the Winter.
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