Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Cooling down or heating up?

The weather forecast calls for cooler temps and the chance of seeing the first snow flakes of the season. The birds have been locally "hot" this fall migration, and I hope that this trend continues through the winter season!

We have had some beautiful weather recently, and I have tried to get out birding as much as possible. The luck continues, as I have found some good birds too.

There has been word that a loon at East Fork could have been a Red-throated, but nobody got good enough views to confirm it (including me). Since a Red-throated Loon would be a life bird, I can't say with any certainty what I was looking at. Maybe one day I will have a Red-throated up close like this Common Loon from the other day at East Fork.

Common Loon
Common Loon winter plumage

I have never seen a Dunlin up close, only scope views. So I was happy to get to observe this Dunlin hanging out with a Least Sandpiper in the surf at East Fork beach.

Dunlin with Least Sandpiper

The Dunlin was fun to watch. As a large wave would come in, the Dunlin would just stand there. One wave was big enough that the bird had to fly up through it!

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

And the good views of good birds continues. While walking along the beach, I saw some movement ahead of me and found three Snow Buntings lurking in the sand/grass. I usually only see them in the snow, so I forgot how camouflaged they are even in the sand and grass.

Snow Buntings peeking through the grass

They seemed very curious of me, and followed me around for a little while. They would walk up to me and then appear to pose for the camera.

Snow Bunting

Snow Buntings

Snow Bunting


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22 comments:

  1. Great shots of the Dunlin, but those Snow Buntings are excellent.

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  2. Lovely images of your beautiful birds Donald...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great sequence. This is the first time I've been able to comment in a while. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. Are you kidding me, close views of a Dunlin AND Snow Buntings?! Awesome!

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  5. Fantastic shots, Donald! The water in the background with the Dunlin is nice! And that last shot of the Bunting is my favorite.

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  6. Love the Snow Buntings - like you I have only seen them in the snow. The Dunlin sequence is facinating.

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  7. Beautiful shots Donald! The Dunlin series is great, especially that last shot with the huge wave (comparatively speaking) ready to break. The Snow Buntings are simply fabulous!

    Cool Loon too and I like the Willet header also.

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  8. It's amazing when there's so many cool birds around, like being touch by an angel. I hope your hot streak continues Don. The Snow bunting encounter and pictures are the stuff of dreams.
    Cheers!

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  9. Those Snow Buntings are such a beautiful bird. You are so lucky to get such great shots of them!

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  10. Those snow buntings are just too, too cute. Amazing that you spotted them, as camouflaged as they are. Great shots of them. Your shots of the dunlin amongst the incoming surf are spectacular.

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  11. fantastic photos. Love the buntings.

    dan

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  12. Wonderful group of birds. The Snow Buntings are beautiful birds.

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  13. Your snow bunting photos are beautiful!! He really was posing for you!

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  14. Snow buntings worth the price of admission! Lovely!

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