Weekend Birding: The Emergence of Spring
It has been a while since I’ve gone on a bird walk. While we didn’t have a lot of snow this winter, it had been too cold and too icy for me to want to spend more than an hour outside, so most of my recent birding has been very local.
A couple of weeks ago I went on a long (4-hour) hike with my bird club to look for early spring migrants. It was warm but overcast day, so not good for photography, but we did get to see a lot of birds for this time of year.
Great-horned Owl Nest
Our first stop was to look at a Great Horned Owl nest. Mom was sitting on the nest when our large group arrived. We stayed far away so we wouldn’t disturb her. This photo is at the limits of my zoom lens. You can barely see her face and ears sticking up.
A Visiting Coopers Hawk
The Great Horned Owl does not make its own nest and typically takes over nests in trees made by other bird species. This nest belonged to a Coopers Hawk last year. We were treated to a visit from the hawk while we were observing the owl. Mom owl sat perfectly still and the hawk sailed on past.
A pair of Hooded Mergansers and a group of Mallard Ducks were swimming in one of the ponds.
Great Blue Heron
A Great Blue Heron was fishing but decided to leave when our group showed up.
The ever-present Canada Geese were lounging along the shore.
[Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. Visit her blog to see more great photos.]
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