Saturday, February 25, 2012
A Saturday Morning Around Town
When rarities are scarce, what's a birder supposed to do? Get out and enjoy what is here and enjoy the chase for the hard-to-find ones that are here.
I took a drive out to Cape Spear this morning and came across several flocks of A. Robins from New Cove Road to Shea Heights, to Blackhead to Cape Spear. Saw a great adult Bald Eagle filling up a tree top just before Blackhead Road.
I found this Song Sparrow in Maddox Cove. While I have seen four or five around during this winter, they are still scarce enough to grab my attention.
I struck out with the Red-bellied Woodpecker this morning as well as the Lincoln Sparrow. WhenI returned home, the snow had just started and my backyard activity picked up. I tossed out some feed and stood very still by my patio door and enjoyed a couple of Purple Finch and some Dark-eyed Juncos.
I really looked my backyard Junco's over closely today. There is a lot of brown on the female, much more than we realize when looking at them at a distance.