The American Robins have arrived in full force lately, and I had a chance to get a shot of on before work.
SATURDAY: The Flathead Audubon was holding an all day trip to the Mission Valley, and I tagged along for the adventure...more like co-lead the trip!
Before I meant with the fellow trip-folk, I check Chruch Slough and saw several Eurasian Wigeon, and many REDHEADS (yearbird #1 for the day). Dan Casey had a Snow Goose down here, so that was my main target before embarking to the Mission Valley. I did not get it at Church Slough but rather just south of there in the fields with Canada's.
SNOW GOOSE - yearbird #2
We meet, then left for the Mission. On the way down, we saw a single CLARK'S NUTCRACKER (#3) fly in front of us, and a Northern Shrike on a wire
The going was slow once we got down there. Plenty of Red-tailed Hawks and Rough-legged Hawks around, along with Great Horned Owls, and various waterfowl species.We have been seeing these birds, but nothing really "springy" or small like a Bluebird or Meadowlark or anything! I was looking forward to the small birds that you just randomly run across...that is what makes birding really fun! Finally, though, we did find some small interesting birds
WESTERN MEADOWLARK - #4
Cool bird.... we found a pair of them and they were singing. Neat stuff!
It was weird, I was kinda in a haze for the beginning of the trip, but after those Meadowlarks it was like I woke up and loosened up. The birds and overall feel of the day increased and the sun even came out!!!!
Noticing my almost total lack of bird photos for the day, I decided I must take shots of the group to sort of "spruce up" this blog post.
This is our vehicle, with its inhabitants pointing and poseing just for my blog!