Its warming up… 28 degrees… Yea!!

After work I hit a few of my favorite winter hotspots… At the DNR Boat Launch off of south river rd in Harrison Twp I saw my FOY Long-tailed Duck… it was mixed in with a flock of Common Mergansers, Redhead and Canvasbacks… Out on the Ice there were 3 bald eagles.. I found some Eastern Bluebirds at Wolcott Mills metropark and the Snow Buntings were missing from 30mi and Gramer Rd… I did managed to get some nice photos of Juncos and Goldfinches at that location… I saw a female Northern Harrier at 30mi and Omo Rd…

Canvasback

Canvasback

Redheads and Female Canvasback

Redheads and Female Canvasback

Canvasback

Canvasback

Common Goldeneye - female

Common Goldeneye – female

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Long-tailed Duck female

Long-tailed Duck female

Redhead

Redhead

Cold day birding from car

January is going to be a crazy work month for me… I am out of town several times and birding will be almost non-existent. However, I got out for 3 hours today. I headed to the dump at 28 mi and Frost Rd and it did not disappoint.. 3 Bald Eagles were there today, 15 Red-tailed Hawks and a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk. The Gulls were either high up in the air or roosting out of sight, so I took off down County Line Rd to 30 mi Rd where I found a group of gulls sitting in the field. There was a Lesser Black-backed Gull sitting on the ground with the rest of them. A Greater Black-backed Gull buzzed the group but did not land. The rest were mostly Herring Gulls… Down the road on 30 mi near Havenridge Rd I came across 3 Ring-necked Pheasants feeding in a field. I found a flock of Cedar Waxwings on Bates Rd and 29 mi.. On Omo Rd I found a male Northern Harrier buzzing the fields that back up to Wetzel State Park… I headed home and found a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk sitting in a tree near Ray Center Rd and 26 mi Rd… I managed to get a couple of picks out the car window before it took off… nothing more than documentation shots… all in all a good day birding and I never left the car!!

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk dark phase

Rough-legged Hawk dark phase

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rough-legged Hawk dark phase

Rough-legged Hawk dark phase

Merlin at Stony Creek Metrpark and a napping Snowy Owl from DNR Boat Launch…

I checked out the Merlin today that has been hanging at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark… It was foggy, but I managed a couple of shots… I also found two Snowy Owls at the DNR Boat Launch off of North River Rd… As many as 4 at a time have been seen out there this week… Look for them on the roofs of the condos or Marina buildings… They also like the rock wall out in the lake…

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Common Redpoll in feeder

I told Tom Hince to be on the lookout for Common Redpolls for me… I have been so swamped at work that I hardly have had time to bird recently… He called me this morning when a male Common Redpoll showed up in his feeders and I stopped by and saw it… Hopefully when we get some decent snow soon some larger flocks will show up…  Thanks Tom!!

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Snowy Owl – DNR Pointe Harrison Twp

I went looking for the juvenile Snowy Owl at the DNR Point this morning… It was not there but I did managed to see an adult Snowy Owl sitting on one of the condo roofs bordering the parking lot… It was easy to find… I pulled up and saw a silver pickup up with a zoom sticking out of the window aiming the roof… LOL.. Mike (photographer who is at LSCMP most days) was busy snapping some shots..

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl