Bird Sightings in Early April

April roared in with lake-effect snow, wind and bone-chilling temperatures. I couldn’t help but wonder, and worry, about the fate of migrating birds like the Woodcock that I accidentally flushed during the storm. Two days of stormy weather finally gave way  to sun, blue skies and temperatures above freezing. This post documents random bird sightings during that three-day period of weather extremes.

MallardsSnow2Apr13#110E

A pair of Mallards feeding during a lake-effect snowstorm (1 of 2)

MallardsSnow2Apr13#105E

HawkGrackle3Apr13#129E2crop8x10

A Cooper’s Hawk with its prey, one of a flock of 20–30 “blackbirds” that were visiting a bird-feeding site during the lake-effect snow storm.

Redpoll3Apr13#064Ecrop8x10

Common Redpoll near a feeder

Doves3Apr13#017E

Mourning Doves at a feeding site

Goose4Apr13#037Ecrop8x10

One of a pair of Canada Geese staking claim to a nesting territory

HoodedMerg4Apr13#062E

A pair of Hooded Mergansers at rest near the bank of a small, historic canal waterway

TurkeyVulture4Apr13#046E

Turkey Vulture searching the fields and roadsides for carrion.

All photos by NB Hunter

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Bird Sightings in Early April

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s