Misc from the last few days

I have been behind on my blog… Its been chilly the last few days and spring migration seems to be lagging a bit… Most of the lakes are still covered in ice… However, I have been seeing a decent amount of birds between LSCMP, Wetzel, Wolcott and Stony Creek Metropark…

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow - photo taken at dawn... notice the ice crystals on the tail

Song Sparrow – photo taken at dawn… notice the ice crystals on the tail

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Redhead

Redhead

Dark eyed Junco

Dark eyed Junco

Fox Sparrow - Inwood Traills

Fox Sparrow – Inwood Traills

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Red tailed Hawk

Red tailed Hawk

Horned Grebe - Stony Creek Metropark

Horned Grebe – Stony Creek Metropark

a few short birding trips today

I woke up earlier than I wanted too and ended up going out at 0630 to find Woodcock and Barred Owl… I found both of them… The American Woodcock use to nest right behind my home until they demolished the area for a new subdivision… I drove to the edge of the new sub that still borders a wet area with tall grasses and sure enough one was calling this morning… I then headed to Stony Creek Metropark and tried for the Barred Owl at Oakgrove picnic area… This is a common spot for them and I have tried calling for them several times in the last couple of months with no luck… Today with the first call from a recording, one answered back!!  I also headed to Holland Ponds and there was a nice assortment of Waterfowl including American Wigeon, Redhead, Canvasback, Wood Duck, Mallard, Common Merganser and Ring-necked Duck. There also was a Belted Kingfisher hovering around the pond… This afternoon I got word from Jeff Swider that he had Rusty Blackbirds at his house… I went there and at first they were not around, but then they appeared as I was about to leave.. They were mixed in a big flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Common Grackles… We also got to see a Screech Owl looking out the hole of a Wood duck box.. Very cool!!

American Wigeon and Redheads

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Goose chasing another goose

Canada Goose chasing another goose

Mallard

Mallard

Redhead

Redhead

Redhead coming in for landing

Redhead coming in for landing

6 FOY birds today… I like that winter is ending

After work today I got out and did a little birding today… I have been so busy with work lately, birding has taken a back seat… Grrr… I still managed 6 FOY birds today… Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbird at LSCMP, Turkey Vultures at Wetzel SP, Brown Creeper at Nicholson Nature Ctr and a Sandhill Crane at Inwood trails at Stony Creek Nature Ctr…

Brown Creeper

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Redpolls continue

The Common Redpolls continue to come to the feeder in my yard… The whole flock numbering about 50-60 birds was there this morning… I spotted the male Hoary Redpoll there as well… He does not come to the feeder often and I suspect that he is with a smaller flock that only occasionally shows up and usually in the am… By afternoon only a dozen show up.. There is one frosty looking individual with white undertail coverts and a small bill… He looks like he could be good for a young Hoary, but I have not been able to visualize his rump… I will submit it to ebird as a Hoary/common Redpoll and let them sort it out…

Male Common Redpoll

Male Common Redpoll

Common Redpolls in feeder

Common Redpolls in feeder

Hoary Redpoll possible. Note pure white undertail coverts

Hoary Redpoll possible. Note pure white undertail coverts

Possible Hoary Redpoll.. Small pointed bill pushed inward and white undertail coverts

Possible Hoary Redpoll.. Small pointed bill pushed inward and white undertail coverts

Possible Hoary Redpoll

Possible Hoary Redpoll

Possible Hoary Redpoll

Possible Hoary Redpoll

Possible Hoary

Possible Hoary