Friday, February 15, 2019

Random Stuff (03-15Feb2019)

Here is some random birds from the past two weeks close to home.


Laughing Gulls at FF Rocks.  Not in 5MR..


Snowy Egrets


Common Goldeneye still hanging out at the Aquarium Pond.


Greater Yellowlegs at FF.


Royal Terns at FF Rocks.


Gray Catbird at FF Aquarium Trail.


Black Scoter at a barely visible Long-tailed Duck at south end of WB.



Sedge Wren at FF Basin Trail.

Great Cormorants at south end of WB.


Cooper's Hawk also at the south end, firmly within 5MR.




Northern Mockingbird at south end.


Ring-necked Duck at Rogersville Rd, also in 5MR.


Northern Cardinal at Rogersville.


A hard to see Brown Creeper.


Fox Squirrel



Eastern Towhee at Rogersville.


Common Grackle at Airlie.


Little Blue at Airlie.


Green Comma?  In my yard.


Too tired to check, but I think it's a Sleepy Orange?


Semipalmated Plover at North end of WB. Out of 5MR.


I managed to find the Black-headed Gull at the north end when some gas powered paraglider scared the birds up.  See the higher bird with leading white wedge in upper wing and dark tipped underwing.


Here it is resting in the middle of the frame.


Least Sandpiper at the north end.


Dow


Black-bellied Plover


Western Willet


Greater Yellowlegs.


GBH


Ring-billed Gull at south end.


Long-tailed Ducks at south end.


Mourning Dove in my yard.


House Finch - where else?  My House.

Finally I paid a visit to the Ashley Ponds to see the continuing Canvasback.


Its my Bday weekend so I am going on another pelagic.  Hoping for something good!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) - 30Mar2017

This amazing bird was in the Cape Cod channel in MA back in 2017 and I happened to be in Boston for a work trip.  So naturally I drove down and crushed it.  The flock of eiders was racing against the channel which was flowing at a really fast rate and by positioning myself 40 or so yards up the bank and staying very still, the flock approached and came to within spitting distance.




Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) - 06Feb2017

I love watching grebes in general but this species is especially cool how they can submerge slowly like a submarine without diving.  This one was in Burnt Mill Creek which is usually pretty nasty looking water but the reflection was just right on this day.


Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) - 29Jan2017

One species I can always count on in my yard.  On my prize live oak in front.



Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) - 28Jan2017

What can I say about Canada Geese?  Not much.  Carolina Beach Lake, NC.


Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) - 21Jan2017

I like to think of myself as a larophile, but I have to admit I was a bit relieved when they lumped Iceland and Thayers.  Also what's up with hybrids?  They should not be allowed to hybridize.  This Iceland was at Cape Point, Buxton, NC.





Carolina Wren (Thrythorus ludovicianus) - 17Jan2017

Don't take these little spunky birds for granted. They are one of the birds I will always be able to hear and they are not shy.  Taken at Wrightsville Beach, NC.  This one has a nice little spider snack.  I wonder if they can just eat any spider or do they have to avoid the more venomous ones?  Also, is that a seed stuck to his breast?