I was determined to go out this morning after being tricked by the forecast yesterday which predicted rain that did not happen. If I had not awakened with a sore knee, I might have been tempted to go out yesterday, but I spent much of the day without too much exertion, focusing instead on my three-and-a-half hour cleaning chore last night that was made possible with ibuprofen. This morning I woke up to clouds and wind. Clouds i could deal with, but consistent wind gusts made it prohibitive to go out for a walk, because birds aren’t crazy about windy days. I watched the birds in the yard come and go in between gusts.
These pictures are from last Saturday’s visit to McGinnis Slough. Not a lot going on yet, but at least there was some sunshine. I went to the Portage on Sunday and have decided to make that a separate post.
There are plenty of Red-Winged Blackbirds setting up territories. I also saw one or two females but they were not available for photos. Yet.
In addition to the predictable Mallards there were some other ducks but they were too distant to photograph. Likely if I had my scope I might have seen more species.
No Great Egrets yet but there were at least one or two Great Blue Herons.
American Coots are always a presence here. They aren’t numbering in the hundreds yet but they will.
It was particularly rewarding to see a juvenile Bald Eagle fly over. The plumage is at about two and a half years old.
Below, a late, extremely backlit American Tree Sparrow.
Quick flyover Osprey…
Always love to see the American White Pelicans, even if they are distant.
A last glimpse at well-preserved seed heads.
Last year’s oriole nests are easy to spot now.
Just one more Coot – closely cropped and brightened up a bit to show of its red eye.
I’ll be back soon with my Portage visit and with any luck I will be going out next weekend, which promises to be warm, sunny and dry – so far!