Nov. 25, 2013
Yesterday was bright and sunny but windy and cold, and the birds were not easy to find. However, it was also a day that featured my first sighting of a Golden Eagle, so let’s just say it was FANTASTIC!
I started early at the H.R. Frink Centre hoping to get some easy photos near the feeders. That didn’t pan out too well. The feeders were almost empty, and the birds weren’t really cooperating, so I decided to take a walk down one of the trails to see what I could find. I made my way to a likely spot near a frozen pond where there were a few Chickadees and some American Robins, but not much else. Then I heard the crows.
Directly above me, came the loud cawing of two American Crows. When I looked up to see what was happening, my eyes were treated to the sight of an immature Golden Eagle! The crows were chasing it, and I only had a second or two. I really probably should have done better, but this ‘not so good’ shot was all I could manage.
Good shot or not, I was elated to at least have seen my first Golden Eagle!
After that, well it didn’t really matter what else I saw – which was a good thing, because there wasn’t much else waiting for me.
I took a walk along the Bayshore trail between Foster Avenue and George Street. There were the typical numbers of Mallards, gulls, and Black Ducks. There were also two Gadwalls – which was an unexpected surprise.
At a glance you might think these were Mallards. In fact they are often referred to as ”gray Mallards”. (you can click on the picture for a closer look, then use the ‘back’ button to return to the blog).
Without getting too many photos, I grabbed a couple of Egg McMuffins and headed home to have breakfast with Elaine. Afterwards, I went out in the garden and got this shot of a male House Finch.
With the much colder weather setting in, we have been graced with a number of these pretty little finches visiting our feeders.
The forecast for the coming weeks continues to be cold, and possibly snowy. I think it may be time to break out the winter camo, and start hunting for some Snowy Owls!