first spotted by Dan Bertsch below his feeders in Medina County, OH on 19 Dec 2015, this Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) has been THE bird to see in Ohio. I was late to the game, but this morning I decided to drive the 2.5 hrs to Allardale Park on Remsen Rd. in Medina, OH to look for the Brambling, which was reported again yesterday making its routine stop at the last house on the left just before entering the park. This bird represents a 2nd State Record for Ohio.
I've always said that the quality of the bird is inversely proportional to the quality of the photos that record it, and I took some truly bad photos today. Therefore, it must be a great bird...
describe the bird: a medium-sized finch with mottled-brown-gray-black hood, thick yellow bill with a black tip, orange chest and shoulder patches, white belly with dark spotted flanks, brown back with black and white wing bars. From the back you can see dark stripes on either side of the gray-brown neck.
Lord I was born a Bramblin' Man,
Tryin' to get an image and doin' the best I can,
And when it''s time for leavin', I
I hope you'll understand,
That I digiscoped it, man
Monday, January 25, 2016
I crouched near the back of the house and waited for the birds to arrive. While waiting I could hear a cacauphony of Dark-eyed Juncos from the woods nearby, and a flock of six Eastern Bluebirds flew overhead. The first Northern Cardinal song heralded a hint of spring!
I'd seen a pair of female/juvenile Purple Finches the past several days, but had yet to have seen a male. Until now. A pair of bright, cranberry-colored males flew in and foraged among the male House Finches and made for a nice study in contrast. Note the lack of brown belly and flank streaks and the red coloration that extends up onto the wings and back. The House Finch males are redder in coloration with distinct brown streaks on the lower belly and flanks.
The females are more distinctly different, as described in previous posts.
A pair of Red-tailed Hawks were perched next to each other at the foot of Tyler Rd, but flushed as I drove near. I could only manage a quick flight shot as they both flew off. One perched momentarily before continuing on. I felt bad that my presence disturbed them...
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I walked in the door just a few minutes ago and looked out the back window. Just under the window were a pair of Purple Finches foraging for sunflower oilers in the mulch pile. With the scope ready at the go I took a few minutes to get some digiscoped images of the two 'apparent' females. Upon closer inspection, one appeared to be a juvenile male that is starting its transition from juvenal plumage to adult plumage.
They would flush moments later when a Cooper's Hawk flew in and landed in the back forty.