Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A break in the weather

This morning started out wet, but cleared up for a bit and we even saw the sun for a minute before it started raining again.

a break between weather systems

think everyone was taking advantage of the break in the weather so there wasn’t much to see along the trail or close to shore…

Eagles by the camera tower

water levels remain about the same as yesterday – that tower holds the streaming video cameras, if you haven’t checked them out, it is worth doing so – go to Hancock Wildlife Foundation and click on the camera page.

Tundra Swans on the rough river

the Tundra Swans remain but were further out today, you can see the Harrison River, there in the background was pretty choppy!

Thayer's Gull

this gull was posing nicely…I think, judging from the very pink legs, it is a Thayer’s Gull but I suppose it could be a Western/Glaucous Wing cross…I’ll try to find out.  My ID’ing of gulls is improving but isn’t a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination.

Shelter on the shore

most of the birds seemed to be hunkered down at a safe distance. 

Pine Sisken

One thing of note was a flock of Pine Siskin feeding in an alder tree – I was trying for photos but could here a bunch of voices nearing so gave up – this is as good as it got.  This time of year siskin don’t seem to come near feeders but prefer their natural food supply.  There were a number of Chickadee of both the Black Cap and Chestnutback but again, too busy to stand around trying for pictures.

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