Spring’s equinox is near but everything is still very dry and brown. Morning temps are hovering around the freezing mark and it’s still a month to our average last frost. I’m seeing lots of migrating birds at Meredith. Most notable are the American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants, but there are still hundreds of Mallards and Northern Pintails and Ring-billed Gulls around also. The Red-winged Blackbirds are starting to stake out territory in the reed beds around the lake and the waterfowl are decked out in breeding plumage. I’ve been watching Buffleheads through a scope as they defend their harems from rival males-lots of head bobbing, wing flapping and chasing each other around. I’ve been trying to get some good photos of the display, but so far no luck.
So anyway, here’s the birds.
American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants fishing. I saw the first of the pelicans about a month or so ago and the flock has been growing slowly ever since.
Today there were over sixty of the birds on the lake, mostly resting on sandbars. There seems to be an link between the pelicans and the cormornats–they are nearly always together. The pelican’s movements are so coordinated they could medal in synchronized swimming.
A young Bald Eagle (third year, maybe) sitting on some tumbleweeds that have blown into the shallow end of Lake Meredith.
More photographs here.