Thursday, October 13, 2011


Today is one of those absolutely beautiful fall days that make you forget just how miserable all that rain was!

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The sun was shining and it was wonderful and warm (sorry for the blotch on the pictures…I did something stupid in my computer yesterday and until I get it corrected I don’t dare go into my photo editing program!)

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There were quite a few ducks out there today including the first Gadwall I’ve seen so far this season.  Quite a few American Wigeon as well…

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in fact, when this Heron flew down into this area, a hundred or so ducks rose up out of the grass…they were still in pretty non-descript plumage but I think they must have been Wigeons because they didn’t display the hysterics that Mallards would have, but simply settled back down into the grass once they realized it was a Heron and not an Eagle after them.

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over at the log bay the water has dropped ever so slightly.  Still couldn’t see any swimming salmon, just more ‘floaters’

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I wanted to try and show that there are a number of Eagles way over by the Harrison where there is actually some dry land appearing…I counted approximately 50 out there, with another 8 or so over on our side, enjoying the sunshine by soaring above the hillside.

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Speaking of enjoying sunshine, it seems the birds were as glad to see it as we humans…this Spotted Towhee was sunbathing….

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as were a number of Dark Eyed Junco.  I should also mention that I heard the first Winter Wren of the season today, there were also a lot of what I think must have been Golden Crowned Kinglets in the trees but couldn’t actually spot any of them.  That flock of Pine Sisken were still around too.

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