I went to Tinicum on Thursday morning in an attempt to redeem myself from the Amish country bust. There has been a Northern Shrike hanging around there for a month or so. It took some time and alot of luck, but I did get the shrike. Just as I was giving up to go to work, I happened to look over my shoulder, through the tangle of trees and vines that line the path and there it was - sitting on top of a thin stick just like a shrike is supposed to do. I snapped a few terrible photos before it disappeared. Whew! Redemption! Bird # 731 for the life list.
|Northern Shrike - cropped|
|American Tree Sparrow|
|3 American Tree Sparrows|
On Saturday, I dragged Diane and Barbara along to do the Mid Winter Bird Census at Pennypack Park. We were at it for hours and only got 28 species total. We busted on owls again and really got steamed about it because I was sitting in my car at 6:30 AM listening for owls along Bloomfield Rd for 30 minutes. I finally got out of the car and walked into the woods when it was light enough to see where I was going and here comes 3 birders out of the woods who said that they saw a Screech Owl moments earlier. AARGH! I should have gone into the woods at 6:30. The other bummer of the day was the weather which was overcast and damp, so no photos.
On Sunday, the same 3 of us headed to the shore in hopes of seeing a few rare species that had been reported all week. One is a Townsend's Warbler which is a western bird. I have a pretty good photo of one from my trip to San Francisco last April but no photo from yesterday. We did see the bird, but once again the weather did not cooperate for photo opp. We did take a photo of the moment which I think is very interesting. This is probably the first time in my birding life that there were so many women chasing this bird without any men in sight. I only know 1 of the women in the photo and Di and Barbara aren't in it. That would make 7 women which is unusual.
|Looking for the Townsend's Warbler|
Another cool thing that we saw on Sunday was 2 immature Bald Eagles trying to catch ducks on a lake on our way home. We saw the commotion while doing 50 MPH around a bend. I turned the truck around and got to see the eagles swooping down to the water while the Bufflehead ducks dove underwater to escape the talons. The eagles never did catch a duck. They flew off to try their luck somewhere else. Pretty neat though.
I don't know when my work schedule will calm down or when the sun will shine again, but I will try to get out and get some more photos soon.