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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Quick Check-In Before Flying South

There were no surprises for me on the swan survey, except for lots of fog and as a result not that many swans!

The weather has been variably gray, windy, chilly, and rainy, now trending towards freezing with a chance of snow this weekend. Luckily we'll be flying south before then, getting ready to head to warmer climes and see some amazing wildlife. It's been a little thin on the blogs lately but there will be PLENTY to blog about in the next two weeks!

In the meantime, I've added one more bird to the year list - a great-horned owl (86) that I heard after hockey last week! Other than that, most of the birds I've seen have been at the feeder, and it's been the usual cast of players: four spotted towhees, small flocks of chestnut-backed chickadees and dark-eyed juncos, one song sparrow, one golden-crowned kinglet, a pair each of hairy and downy woodpeckers, a single northern flicker, and a couple of red-breasted nuthatches. Here's one of the downy woodpeckers that visited this afternoon:

Tonight I've got all the camera batteries and their spares charging. Later this week we leave for California. I hope to get one blog up this weekend before heading off for the real Mexico!

1 comment:

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Mexico WOW - can't wait - jealous. The Swine flu outbreak prevented our visit a few years ago.

Enjoy but don't get too far ahead ;-)