Friday, November 21, 2014

Eagles galore....

Once again I'm a day late.  Have no intention of venturing out there today in the pouring rain so will share photos from yesterday when there were eagles everywhere!

started out by spotting this group of four perched just behind one of the residences in our complex.

looked over and saw the 'eagle trees' by the park's viewing platform were well populated too.

passed by this Great Blue Heron and a couple of female Common Merganser.....

masses of ducks as well.  Have seen, besides the Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon and Bufflehead.

there were also a number of swans out there.  I'm not sure if they all were, but there were definitely at least a few Tundra Swan among them.

and of course there were more Bald Eagles at the log bay over seeing the whole place.

and yet more in the 'eagle trees' down off of the golf course.

here is a close up of one of the juvenile birds that are around.  

it was also very gratifying to see that the trees along the edge of the estuary directly behind our complex are reaching the age where eagles can make use of them too.  We counted over 50 of them in this area alone.

Now not an eagle but note worthy because they are a species we don't often see right in this area....

House Sparrow!  This is an introduced species that people love to hate.  They are usually associated with shopping mall parking lots and other man made areas so I'm not sure it is a good thing they have suddenly shown up here as we've always prided ourselves in being 'rural' and natural enough so as not to attract them.  Sadly that appears to no longer be the case.

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