The weather looked promising this morning, so I decided to try Governor Bridge, which I haven’t visited in a while.
In truth, it was disappointing, and only a Brown Creeper made the trip worthwhile.
I seldom see ducks at Governor Bridge, so these Ring Necked Ducks were a surprise.
This tiny (4.5-5.3″) Brown Creeper is often difficult to photograph.
Decent weather at last. It was a little chilly this morning, but the weatherman promised sunny and warmish, so I left early for Quiet Waters. Quiet Waters was very quiet, and there’s still some ice on the paths, so I went to Thomas Point after an hour or so, where I did a little better. The duck population was small, but the conditions couldn’t have been better.
There are still a few Buffleheads hanging out.
This Long Tailed Duck didn’t get as close as I’d have liked.
A pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers was examining this dead tree.
I haven’t seen a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker in several weeks.
I saw a doctor about my arm injury yesterday, and had an MRI today. It seems that I have fractured my humerus. I’m seeing another doctor Monday to resolve the issue. So much for being doctor adverse.
I’ve only gotten out for a short time the last few days, so I’m including a few of those pictures along with the very nice Grebe I found this morning.
I’m not sure what made these tracks in the snow
at Quiet Waters.
Hermit Thrushes were almost commonplace the last few days.
This Common Goldeneye was solo at the point.
Robins were plentiful and bright.
This Bluebird is in breeding plumage.
This Red Necked Grebe was foraging close to shore.
I debated going out at all, until it became apparent there would be at least a little sunlight and warmish. I headed straight to Thomas Point, not expecting much, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The Loon image isn’t very good, but it’s the first of the year, so I’ll take it.
I really like the Common Loon, so it was nice to finally see one.
This Downy Woodpecker landed in a tree right over my head.
These female Scaups were foraging near shore.
Bufflehead are still very active.
I’ve never seen a Surf Scoter so close to shore.
Common Goldeneye are still regular visitors.
Buffleheads outnumber Scaup at the moment.
This morning’s weather was ideal for finding birds, and I went back to Jonas Green for a quick look before Thomas Point opened.
There weren’t many ducks around, but a Song Sparrow was looking for a mate.
Ducks were scarce at Thomas point also, but I managed to find a few.
Song Sparrows were very active.
This Red Breasted Merganser was by herself.
Buffleheads were the dominant duck.
Three Black Ducks flew over my head.
Even Ring Billed Gulls were in short supply.
It was cold this morning. The clear skies helped me get motivated to check out the scene anyway, and I started at Jonas Green Park, where there wasn’t much to see, but one duck made it worthwhile.
I got to Thomas Point around 9:30, and found a few close-in ducks, and some further out who were interesting.
A couple of fellow birders chatted a while, and I went home when the cold started seeping into my bones.
I’ve seen a lot of Common Goldeneyes lately.
This Long Tailed Duck is a hen. There was a drake, but too distant for a good photo.
I have’t seen a Double Crested Cormorant in a while.
I don’t often get this close to a Bufflehead.
With temps in the 40s and bright sunshine, I decided to try Quiet Waters early. I happened on a few nice birds and a silent battle over a good sized fish that was fun to watch.
I spent a few minutes at Thomas Point as well, but there were very few birds around.
I was carrying my tripod over my left shoulder when I fell, causing a spectacular bruise.
This Gull found a fish much too large for him to carry away.
This Great Blue Heron was more than up to the challenge.
I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Canvasbacks at Quiet Waters.
I decided to give it a try this morning-it’s boring sitting around waiting to heal. I had to do everything one-handed, but I found a couple of birds to make it worthwhile.
This Bufflehead took off as I was watching him.
Song Sparrows were singing loudly.
I saw many more Long Tailed Ducks last year than this year.
I’ve been out of action for a few days as I managed to slip on the ice and pull a muscle in my left arm. Looking back, it was quite foolish to try walking in those conditions, and I hope I’ve Learned my lesson.
Here’s a few images from previous days.
The weatherman had promised clear and warm but we got rain instead. I ran some errands I’ve been avoiding and managed to get out to Thomas Point early this afternoon. It didn’t look very promising, but a few decent birds turned up, even though they were a bit distant.
There weren’t many ducks at the point, and Lesser Scaups were dominant
I only saw one Surf Scoter.
This Song Sparrow was feeding right in front of me.
Even Buffleheads were in short supply.
Three female Common Goldeneyes were foraging together.
This Bald Eagle was a beautiful sight against the bkue sky.
A small group of Tundra Swans was feeding in the cove.
I haven’t seen many White Winged Scoters, so I wasn’t sure what this was at first.
Fungus on trees near the point.