Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Where Have All The Birdies Gone?

We have seen our share of gray skies and snow in Connecticut over the last week. Nothing too bad but it seems to have put a damper on my local birding activities. I've had the occasional glimpse titmouse in the treetop or a junco in the juniper bush but it's been kind of quiet overall.
 My wife and I took a winter break with a stay at an inn along the Mystic River but the snow followed us and there were no birds to be seen on the water. Still, it was nice to be able to take in the view and warm our bones beside the fire.
 I rushed to get out for a walk yesterday afternoon when I saw there was finally a break in the clouds but had to settle for a glimpse of geese at sunset on the Connecticut River.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ignoring The Snow And Just Getting Out There

 We've been spoiled by a mild in Connecticut so far this winter but we finally had some significant snowfall. A walk through the state forest gave me a good workout but yielded few bird sightings.
I was able to find a hearty weather Great Blue Heron still hanging around at a marsh. I find that it's easier to get through the winter by trying to embrace. I plan to get outdoors on the weekend instead of hiding in the house until spring. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Started out Birding Then Along Came A Fox

  It was a cloudy with temperatures in the 30's which isn't too bad for this time of the year. I made quick spots at various points along the shoreline in the Saybrook area. Some of my highlights included sightings of 22 Surf Scoter, 83 Ruddy Ducks, and a decent view of this Bufflehead which was hanging around some docks all by its lonesome.
 Some seals resting off on a distant rock. They seem to have become more numerous in Connecticut during recent years.
 My favorite sighting of the day was of this Red Fox which was sneaking around a marsh.it was fun to watch the way it would duck for cover,disappear and then reappear in another part of the marsh.
Non-birders sometimes ask me why I watch birds instead of other animals. I think the answer comes down mostly to numbers. I can usually see up to 100 or so species of birds in a month but I don't see a great variety of mammals in the wild other than deer so seeing a fox is a real treat for me.