Sunday, March 27, 2011

American Pipit, #107

DSC_1734 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_1734 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Lake Remembrance, Blue Springs 3/27/2011

I was entertained by this bird. Every two steps, it had to bob its tail downward. Then take two more steps. Bob tail downward. Rinse. Repeat.

Common loon

DSC_1772 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_1772 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Lake Jacomo, 3/27/2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cooper's Hawk, #106

DSC_1199 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_1199 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Cooper's Hawk, Burroughs Audubon Center, Fleming Park.

You knew immediately whenever the Cooper's showed up because all the birds at the feeders made a beeline for the brush.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My big road trip

DSC_0914 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0914 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

I had the day off today, so I felt like a little drive. My first stop, Eagle Bluffs CA, where I found this Great Blue Heron enjoying a tasty snack. I went on to Grand Pass CA, then on to Swan Lake NWR. Lots of Snipe, Pintails, Coots, Mallards but not many shorebirds other than Lesser Yellowlegs.

For a full Flickr set of my day, click here.

Bufflehead

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Bufflehead, Swan Lake NWR, 3/11

Wood Duck

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Wood Duck, Grand Pass CA, 3/11

Lesser Yellowlegs #105

DSC_0865 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0865 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Eagle Bluffs CA, 3/11

Red-breasted Merganser #104

DSC_0838 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0838 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Red-breasted Merganser, Longview Lake 3/10

Common Loon #103

DSC_0830 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0830 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Common Loon, Longview Lake, 3/10

Monday, March 7, 2011

#102 Sandhill Crane

DSC_0515 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0515 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Eagle Bluffs CA. Stupid autofocus! And of course they flew off before I could switch to manual focus.

#101 Horned Lark

DSC_0344 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0344 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Eagle Bluffs CA, 3/5

#100 Wilson's Snipe

DSC_0582 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0582 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Eagle Bluffs CA, 3/5.



Yes! 100 birds with two weeks left! And I didn't even have to stand in a field in the middle of the night with a gunny sack to get this snipe!

#99 Ross's Goose

DSC_0704 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0704 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Ross's Geese, with 2 blue phase Snow Geese. Swan Lake NWR, 3/6

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flickr is making me angry...

I keep getting "This picture is currently unavailable" for a lot of my linked photos from Flickr.



I pay good money for Flickr service, and I must say I'm not pleased. WTH...I click on the blank picture and it goes right to the Flickr page for that picture and everything is OK.

What I saw this morning...

I ran around Blue Springs Lake and Longview Lake this morning before work.

Here's what I found. No new birds for my 100 species target, but still better than sitting around the house!

One of these things is not like the other.

DSC_0118 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_0118 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Just trying out the Flickr blog functionality. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lunch break birding

As I've mentioned before, I work very close to Longview Lake, so I frequently run down to the lake and associated park at lunch or before/after work just to do some quick birding.

I ran down there for lunch today and was rewarded with this juvenile Herring Gull. There was a very thin layer of ice, and the ring-billed gulls were just fine, but this fellow kept breaking through, which was rather comical.

Herring gull (#98)
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