Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Day Birding

On January 1, Eric and I headed out early to start our year off right with some owling! We were rewarded for our efforts by have a Great Horned Owl as our first species of the new year. Shortly after hearing the Great Horned, we heard a Barred Owl calling way off in the distance. We then went searching for some Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings along a reliable country road in Marion County. We had many Horned Larks and a few Lapland Longspurs but Snow Buntings were strangely absent. Since the gate to Eagle Creek was still locked at 9:15am we headed to Eagle's Crest to look for some woodland birds. After finding very little, we headed on into Eagle Creek.

Since most of the lake was frozen there were very few ducks but we ended up finding this very tame Northern Mockingbird that allowed us to photograph it. Unfortunately, there were many branches between us and the bird but I did manage to get a few good shots.

We ended the day with 38 species which is not bad considering the extremely cold temperatures that we were dealing with.


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