Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Weekend Hawk Watching - 20-22 Feb 2011
On Sunday morning I decided to make a quick jaunt south before the big storm was to arrive and dump 0.5 - 2" of snow and sleet*. Campau Rd. was quiet, yielding only a few Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees.
The parking lot was more productive, as open water was now being filled with the likes of Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Gadwall, Redhead, Canvasback, American Black Duck, and dozens of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.
This afternoon I left work and headed back to the area, taking advantage of the clear skies. As I drove through McDonald's to pick up a Diet Coke a Peregrine Falcon flew over the building and continued west across Biddle Ave.
As I reached Roberts Rd. a Red-shouldered Hawk flew across the road. After digiscoping the American Kestrel, I flushed one of the immature Red-tailed Hawks as I drove along Rheaume Rd. but couldn't get a photo.
As I drove out Roberts Rd. I spotted an immature Rough-legged Hawk far out in the field to my right. Too far to digiscope, I hunched by the side of the road and enjoyed 5 minutes of nice views through the spotting scope.
Returning north, a quick stop by Pt. Mouillee HQ yielded 8 Hooded Mergansers, a 2nd year Great Black-backed Gull, the aforementioned ducks, and a pair of Bufflehead.
* - Our local, crack team of Doppler weather forecasters were a bit off; we ended up getting 8-12" of snow...