Thursday, January 5, 2012

Off The Market

Based upon Cherrie's report of a Bald Eagle enjoying Coot Tartare for lunch at Great Meadows yesterday, I wandered over to the refuge to see if I could catch it in action. When I arrived, I ran into Will who told me that the eagle had visited the refuge very early this morning.

The refuge was almost totally frozen over, with little obvious animal activity. Thankfully, Will reported that we had a new visitor in the neighborhood. During the Christmas Bird Count, we heard a Screech Owl. During today's census, Will noticed that one had moved back into the hole vacated by the last Screech Owl.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20120105 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20120105 &emdash;


It's a Red Morph Eastern Screech Owl. I did have a little difficulty finding it. I wasn't expecting it to be filling the whole hole! I'll have to try again earlier in the day to catch it with its eyes open.

I continued around the impoundments all the way to Borden's Pond. There really wasn't much activity, a couple of Chickadees, the Canada Geese in the field across the river, a couple of Downy Woodpeckers, and two pairs of Mallards floating with the current.

On the way back to the car, I stopped to enjoy the Coots waling and slipping on the ice, as they foraged for vegetation and congregrated at the few spots of open water.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20120105 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20120105 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20120105 &emdash;


Of course our strange winter weather is forecast to continue. This weekend there will be a warming trend, providing more water for the coots, encouraging them to the remain for a while longer. I guess that's okay.

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