Monday, March 30, 2015

Bald eagles!!

I got your Spring showers right here, chump
My favorite fact about that capricious whistlepig, Punxsutawney Phil is that, as with most progrnosticating animals, he is wrong over half the time. And that's with a 50/50 shot of being right. Today my mom and I spotted this beefy white-chinned woodchuck fiercely defending its cozy little drain pipe.

On my way home from CCV today I decided to drop in at Salmon Hole and see what avifauna all that open water might have brought out. And boy was I delighted! After watching the gulls hunting fish, I spotted a mature eagle hanging out on the ice down stream. I went home to get my camera and convince my mom to come out and join us. When we got back to Salmon Hole the eagle had left already. In its stead was a beautiful assortment of water loving birds. Bonus challenge: Spot (and name) all four species in the photo below?

Can you spot four different species in the above photo?
After hanging out for about 20 minutes, the gulls just went berserk and all those standing around chittering with each other burst up into flight. Sure enough, flying straight towards them from downstream was the eagle! The gulls scattered and circle around until the eagle disappeared in the distance (it flew over My Web Grocer towards St Mikes). 


  1. Herring Gull, Ring-Billed Gull, Double-Crested Cormorant, Common Merganser?

    1. Bingo! A gaggle of others were scooting around Salmon Hole including: a raven, crow, black ducks, geese, a Cooper's Hawk, and a song sparrow. Quite a day.