Monday, December 15, 2008

COLD weather birding!

Eurasian-collared Dove

Yesterday, Sunday, Pete Smith, his wife, his father-in-law, and I decided to see what hypothermic birds we could find in the sub-zero temperatures.

We drove around in the large field area south of my house, about a 28 square mile area. Some, no most, of the bird action was around a few lucky souls bird feeders, which they kept filled. (people!! Keep your feeders FULL!!!)

We saw House Finches, House Sparrows, Pine Siskins, European Starlings, Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, and Northern Flickers.
In a driveway we found 2, I repeat 2 EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVES!!! Still revered as a rarity up here.

Eurasian-collared Dove

Next, we found this AMAZING looking patch of over-grown Christmas Trees, at a retired tree farm. I will bet that there is at least 2 Long-eared Owls in there, sadly we didn't have the time to investigate.

Later, back by my house, we ran across a flock of like 60 Bohemian Waxwings, and 4 Pine Grosbeaks!! I love Pine Grosbeaks, and seeing them near my house was great!



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  2. I'd pay a lot of money for 60 BOWA and 4 PIGR! Maybe I can sell my myriad of "rare" ECDOs?

  3. Well, I'll take some ECDOs and some HASPs, and give you 2,000 BOWA, 4 PIGR, and one ICGU.

    Seriously, we get over 10,000 BOWA every CBC!!