I kinda like it...
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Clouds gave way to clearing skies and warm temperatures today. I took a walk around Crosswinds Marsh in Wayne Co. this morning to look for returning sparrows. A flock of White-crowned Sparrows were the first birds I saw. White-throated Sparrows also made appearances, as did Dark-eyed Juncos. I was forced to digiscope them from long distance as they were less than cooperative subjects.
A pair of Ruby-crowned Kinglets made a quick appearance. I was able to get a couple of digiscoped keepers before they disappeared.
As I was leaving a flock of Northern Rough-winged Swallows were roosting on the overhead wires. Among them was a single Tree Swallow!
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Thanks to Tom Kemp and the Toledo Naturalist Association for allowing me to tag along at their Sparrow Search at Metzger Marsh and at Krause & Stange Rd. We managed to see a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows, tons of White-throated Sparrows, a female Indigo Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow. A Blackpoll Warbler and Magnolia Warbler was a nice addition. Our best looks of the day came when a pair of Northern Watersnakes were found along the canal just north of the Krause / Stange Rd. intersection. This one was pointing directly at us, while the other had its tail to us.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
But, I managed a few keepers, including some with their mouths wide open and ready to snatch flying insects.
A nice way to come home. I took Asia out in the yard a while later and saw the flock return right over the house. This time they were much higher, but I was able to count 60 birds!
I love this place.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Yesterday's hawk count netted 1500+ Broad-winged Hawks, so I decided to run down and spend a few hours with Kevin Georg, Andy Sturgess, and Raburn Howland. Glad I did!
I had to leave at 11:30 am so I'll be curious to see what the total was for the day.