Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's CBC time!

Looking forward to participating in a couple of Christmas Bird Counts this season. CBC season is my second favorite time of the year to bird (only to spring migration), as I get to see all my birding friends that I only see once a year. It is also cool to bird in places I wouldn't otherwise bird.

As it seems that it is always raining on my days off, I haven't been able to get out as much as I would like to have. The warmer than usual weather seems to be holding a lot of the birds up north.

However, I have been enjoying a nice show of resident raptors.

While having a bad day recently, I went out to my car to get something and looked up to find this beautiful immature Red-shouldered Hawk perched right above my head in a maple tree. Made my day a very good day!

Juv. Red-shouldered Hawk

At East Fork, I have been keeping an eye on the resident Bald Eagle Pair there. I have seen them mate and engage in courtship, so I feel there is a good chance of them attempting to breed at this location this year. Below is a recent shot of the pair from the car.

East Fork Bald Eagle pair

I have seen at least one immature Bald Eagle also hanging around. A sign that they were successful in the past, as the adult male would have chased it out of their territory otherwise.

Immature Bald Eagle

With all the rain and clouds recently, it has been perfect weather for seeing Barred Owls in daylight. They often hunt all day on really cloudy days. I got lucky the other day to find this Barred Owl sitting in a tree on the side of the road. I just get this cool feeling when one is looking at me - love them!

Barred Owl

Hope everyone is able to get out and put some birds on the map by participating in the many Christmas Bird Counts!



  1. Good luck with your bird counts Donald; and excellent captures of the raptors.
    Especially like the Owl.

  2. I'm with @holdingmoments on the owl pic - their stare is almost mesmerizing isn't it?


  3. What a beautiful shot, how often do you see a hawk looking sweet?

  4. Wonderful captures of these raptors!

  5. Great photos. Nothing like birds to make a bad day right again. Have a great xmas count and great holiday.


  6. Clarity of your all pictures are really awesome and after watched, I would like to buy camera.

  7. Particularly like the young hawk & that it brightened your day. Birds have a way of doing that. Great series!