This is the second year in January of easy accessibility to our nearby lakes, and the trails leading to them due to lack of snow pack. It is usually very icy and treacherous. I was thrilled to learn that birder and blogger friend Chris Rohrer was in town and we agreed to meet at Willow Lake to do some birding. I was so very happy to meet him and he made me feel comfortable and at ease meeting for the first time. We trudged through the tall grass to get as close as we could to the shores edge. It was very muddy, our shoes were caked with it and other unnamed goo, but the end result was worth it! Chris took beautiful images of Tundra Swans and Ross's Geese and I was happy to get the former as another life bird:)
' Ross's Geese' Willow Lake - Prescott, Az.
'Ross's Geese in flight' Willow Lake - Prescott, Az.
While I don't consider myself a 'wuss' when dealing with weather it has been brutally cold the last 5 days or so in the West. Maybe its a 'getting older' thing but it sure cuts deep into my favorite pastime. I did manage to get this Western Bluebird couple last week ahead of the deep freeze. Good news is it was get warmer starting today:)
The weather later this week is to turn cold and wintry so a trip down the road to Watson Lake on a beautiful sunny day was in order. Again, some of the images are typical year round residents, but I did manage to view and photograph another life bird - the Belted Kingfisher. Of all the times I have been at our lakes at different times of the year, I guess it was the 'right time, right place' for they are listed as in range for our area but a first for me:)
Belted Kingfisher (m)
American Coots on ice
Small (warbler?) birds nest
Not sure but maybe a Brewer's Blackbird?
Canadian Geese flying low over the Dells
Great Blue Heron
Last but not least, this very small rodent was shuffling under the leaves and gave me short notice to get a image of his eye and the top of his nose:) Happy Birding!!
It was a cold but sunny 20 deg. F. when our group started the First Bird Walk of 2013 at Willow Lake - Prescott, Az. It was so cold that the ink in our pens froze and my gloved fingers were so cold I could hardly navigate my iPhone to properly list all the bird sightings. Birds sighted were: Accipiters: Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harrier, Juv. Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestral Sparrows: White-crowned, Savannah, House,Lincoln, Song. White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), Spotted Towhee. Ducks: Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Pintail Tundra Swans, Canadian Geese, Double-crested Cormorant
Juv. Bald Eagle
Not very close but it is a Northern Harrier
Male Ladder-backed Woodpecker
At the end of our bird walk I was particularly happy to view and take a picture of a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. I now look forward to weekly bird walks in the future when the weather is a bit warmer :) Happy Birding!
Although it has been a while since I have posted on my blog, it is never far from my mind. Viewing friends posts and blogs always is very inspirational for me and I feel that a little 'reset' was beneficial. Some images of the first birds of 2013 are not especially new to me, but I was extremely happy to get a Loggerhead Shrike, which is a lifer for me :)