Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring has Sprung (Part 4)

I have decided to make yet another post after this one.

Meadowlarks were one of the first Spring birds we started to see in our bikes around the neighborhood. There loud song always alerted you to their presence
Western Meadowlark singing
Juncos are everywhere now, at the feeders, around the yard, in the bushes.. I think this one might has slight pied leucism.
Dark-eyed Junco, possibly has slight pied leucism
Northern Harriers are also common, I got this picture of a male with prey, maybe a vole.
Northern Harrier with prey
Purple Finches have become regular visitors at our feeders. My twin brother got this picture
Purple Finch
Not only have we been seeing a Sharp-shinned Hawk, but also the Cooper's is back. This might get confusing!
Cooper's Hawk
I took a walk outback and I heard the Cooper's Hawk's familiar call, Kekekekekeke!
Cooper's Hawk flying
I have been trying to find water birds more than I did last year. We have been to the nearby Red River Floodway a few times, as well as the Red River twice.

We were driving home from a friends and we went over the floodway, we saw two herons right by the road. We quickly went home and came back with the camera. It was getting close to sunset so it was pretty dark. When we got back the herons had moved farther away, but I still managed this picture. I brightened it on the computer a lot
Two Great Blue Herons
We saw Hooded Mergansers almost every time we went to the Floodway and the Red River.
Hooded Mergansers
We could see lot's of Bald Eagle flying around the floodway when we were biking, as well as Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Harriers. When we went to the floodway once I spotted a Bald Eagle sitting on something on the water
Bald Eagle
Killdeer started to show up around the neighborhood, there call is often heard. We were able to get really close to one once.

We have started to see pelicans fly over, really cool birds.
American White Pelican
Gulls are very common now, especially around the floodway
Ring-billed Gull
We have seen a few types of ducks, Mallards, Common Goldeneye's, Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers.
A pair of Mallards

Stay tuned for the last part!

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