Wednesday, November 12, 2014

No viewing tent

It's official - for the first time in the history of the Bald Eagle Festival there will be no viewing tent at Tapadera Estates. 

and this, of course is why.  Don't know how but water levels were even higher today then they were yesterday.  The spotting scopes etc. that have always been at Tapadera will now be at Sandpiper Golf course.  Everything else will continue as normal at Tapadera, the talks will still there, there will be food and a fire to warm up at and  of course Sonsie the Bald Eagle from O.W.L. will be there as well.  

Anyone planning on coming out this weekend, dress accordingly!  It is frigid out here.  That was the water out on the estuary today - looks more like an ocean!

The conditions out there in the open is why there is all sorts of waterfowl sheltering in this bay, including a number of....

Swans....I couldn't tell what type as they were all sleeping although the youngsters look really dark so I'm thinking they might be Tundra rather than Trumpeter, there were more swans way over, barely visible.

lots of Canada Geese and assorted ducks out there too....

including these Mallards which were right in our boat launch.

Today was the first count day for the new season of Project Feeder Watch....

and I was thrilled that the first species I noticed this morning were these Eurasian Collared Doves....the first year we've had them after 17 years of counting.  Other species seen today were Steller's Jay, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-wing Blackbirds, and Dark Eyed Junco.  Of course the Chickadee's and Flicker that were here yesterday didn't put in an appearance today, but maybe they will tomorrow as you count for two days each week.

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