Took some time this past weekend to venture out with the camera and do a little birding, since it's still too cold to think about a garden. The cold didn't deter the birds, as I saw a number of robins, the harbinger of Spring and even though the robins are here, spring-like weather is not. Canada geese are abundant throughout the property, which is over 300 acres with lots of open space. Saturday there were flocks of Cedar Waxwings flitting about eating crab apples, a couple of chickadees and a woodpecker that I wasn't able to identify. A few fat squirrels were running around, looking for the cache of food they had stored in the fall. Sunday there was a huge flock of gulls circling one of the lakes on the property, so I took a short hike and found that they were attracted to dead fish that were being exposed in the melting ice. The gulls were squabbling over the fish, creating quite a racket and then suddenly something would startle them and they would all take to the sky, wheeling about until they were certain whatever danger there was had passed and they would settle back on the ice again.
|American Robin, Turdus migratorius|
|Canada Geese, Branta canadensis|
|Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum|
|Eastern Fox Squirrel - Sciurus niger|
|Larus argentatus, Herring Gull, Adult and Juvenile, 3-23-14|
|Herring Gull, Larus argentatus|
|Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis|