Sunday, January 25, 2009

January 25, 2009: Birding at Home

I got a few nice photos in the backyard this morning, of American Tree Sparrows, and a shot of the flock of Pine Siskins that have been hanging around...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

January 4, 2009: Birdfeeders in Alden, NY

Two unusual winter finches at our birdfeeders today, a PINE SISKIN and COMMON REDPOLL. The latter was very common in the Winter of 2007-08 because of an irrpution but there have not been many reports this year...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

January 1, 2009: Birding the Lake Ontario Shore (Rochester)

We spent a little time today on the Lake Ontario Shore at Rochester, doing some birding. It was very cold! (mid-teens only). Not a whole lot of birds, but we did get our first Glaucous Gull shot, and also some interesting ice shots...

First, Charlotte / Ontario Beach
Ice formations (above and below)

Herring Gull with a Bull Head
Above and below: Flying Long-Tailed Ducks

More interesting ice
Nice drake Mallard
Above and Below: American Black Duck

Now, Irondequoit Bay Outlet photos
nice drake Long-Tailed Duck
Glaucous Gull
Female Long-Tailed Duck
More ice
Flying Mute Swan
Strange circular ice formations on the lake
The icy lighthouse (more shots below)

Above and below: More Long-Tailed Ducks