I had another good week of birding; the weather was nice and we even had rain today. I don’t know how much, but it rained fairly steady for about 12 hours and the temp stayed above freezing so the roads weren’t bad at all. There was still quite a bit of ice on Meredith yesterday but it is slowly receding. It’s supposed to get pretty cold again this weekend so the ice could make a comeback. We’ll see.
There are lots of birds on and around the lake now, mostly Ring-billed Gulls and Mallards, but I’ve seen 52 different species in the first 10 days of this year, all in Hutchinson County.
Here’s photos of a few of them.
Greater Yellowlegs. I was undecided about this one, there seems to be more of an eye ring than I expected for a GEYE, but he was too large, I thought, for a Solitary Sandpiper and when he flew, his call was of a GEYE
Herring Gull Juvenile. This one caused a little excitement as I thought it might be a Lesser Black-backed Gull Juvenile, a very rare bird around here, and logged it on ebird as such, but after consulting with people that know a lot more about birds than I, it was decided that while it is a good candidate for the LBBG, better photos would be needed to prove it and the HeGu designation was more likely. Too bad, a LBBG would have been a new lifer for me.
Bald Eagle. Finally starting to see more eagles. There were 7 of them this day standing on the ice.
I don’t know what that last one was looking at in the ice, but he seemed intrigued.
More birds in the galleries.