[mou] Lake & Cook Co. birds
Jim & Carol Tveekrem
jotcat at boreal.org
Thu Apr 3 16:18:44 CDT 2008
Before heading southwest to Silver Bay for most of the day, had the
surprise of a bright male Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler in my almost
snowless veggie garden. First warbler for us this spring, thanks to the
stiff southwest breeze. Also on the ground at the same time was the
adult Harris' Sparrow which has been at our feeders almost daily since
December. We have had increasing size flocks of Redpolls since late
February (alas, no Hoaries), starting with 2 or 3 birds, usually males,
at a time, now 50-60 or more and mostly females and/or younger males.
So far no juncos, other sparrows, finches, siskins, blackbirds or
anything else except hungry Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted
Nuthatches, and Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers.
While driving to Silver Bay - two Rough-legged Hawks, 1 adult Bald
Eagle (few now along the shore compared to a month ago), Crows, Ravens.
In Silver Bay, heard a Purple Finch singing across the street from the
Library. Plenty of Starlings, Crows, Ring-billed Gulls. Only waterfowl
in the marina area were two male Common Goldeneyes. Didn't have much
chance for other birding.
Also, thankfully, fewer deer along the highway since the snow has
melted back quite a bit and there are even green spots in the grass.
Rivers are still mostly iced over, but more open spots every day.
Just had a Herring Gull commotion overhead, turned out they were
harassing a Bald Eagle, who landed in a big spruce nearby. The gulls
eventually went back in the direction of Gull Island at Taconite
Harbor. Eagles just love gull chicks.
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