Sunday, March 4, 2007

Peregrine Falcon and Northern Pintail today!

I went for a walk out in Glastonbury Meadows today:

It was nice to get out after working 26 hours between Friday and Saturday. I should have brought my scope because there was a nice assortment of birds on the water.

I saw my first NORTHERN PINTAIL today! . There was also COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN WIGEON, WOOD DUCKS, BLACK DUCKS, MALLARD, and COMMON MERGANSERS. There were other ducks that I couldn't identify mixed in with several hundred CANADA GEESE.

In the fields were very large flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and HORNED LARK. I also saw 2 BALD EAGLES, and 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS. The fields themselves , were covered with puddles and shoe-stealing muck.

My most exciting moment came when I looked across the field and saw a Peregrine Falcon. I've only seen one other one that close before. At first I thought this one was going to be a Merlin because one had been reported at this location in the past. Unfortunately, the lighting was bad and my camera batteries died just as I was trying to get some better shots-drats!-Oh well-at least I got a picture.

Other birds included the regular winter visitors (Juncos gone?) which I am going to make a link for so I don't have to keep writing them.


LauraHinNJ said...

Cool - looks like he's wearing a band!

I haven't found any pintails yet this winter - they're one of my favorites. Lucky you!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

What a wonderful day you had! Cool peregrine photo. I've never had a close view.