The weather has slowed me down lately. Cold, rain and high winds for several days, It’s getting better now, and Spring will break through soon.
I’ve been getting out a little, mostly to my local spots, but not finding much until today. We had highs in the 60s, and a nice variety at Lake Artemesia.
I met Edgar early, and we circled the lake several times searching for a better look at the Common Loon, but had to settle for a distant shot. Other birds made up for it.
I’ve seen up to 6 Ospreys at Quiet Waters recently, including this one who’s occupying this particular nesting platform for the first time.
Horned Grebes are nearly all gone.
Many Canada Geese have moved north, but there’s always a few hangers-on.
I followed this Red Breasted Merganser for half an hour hoping for a decent shot
Red Winged Blackbirds are singing loudly.
Only a few Buffleheads are still in the area.
This Eastern Bluebird is a male in breeding plumage.
Tree Swallows have been showing up for a week or so.
This is the best I could do with the Common Loon, who appears to be molting.
I haven’t seen a Tufted Titmouse in quite a while.
A pair of Wood Ducks was cruising the shoreline.
Several Double Crested Cormorants were fishing in the lake.
Two American Coots were foraging in the lake.
There’s a small flock of Ring Necked Ducks roaming the lake.
I had to follow this Palm Warbler for a while to get a good look.
This Beaver let me get quite close.
I found this Muskrat at Blackwater a few days ago.