Saturday, May 10, 2008

I take back what I said about Kathi the past, I have called Kathi a birding jinx. I hereby withdraw that statement. Even Kathi can't jinx the birds at Magee Marsh.
I got 48 bird species today. 4 of them were lifers.

I found this one:

Swainsons thrush
A Swainsons's thrush. I found it and ID'ed it! Woo hoo!

House wren in nest cavity
A house wren was nest building in a cavity right above our heads.
Lifer. How could I have never seen a house wren before?

Veery. Very cooperative, sitting in the sun posing.

Peek a boo rose breasted grosbeak
A peekaboo rose-breasted grosbeak.

Ruddy turnstone
Ruddy turnstone.

Want to see another dead animal?
Well, too bad. Here it is:
Tundra swan and me
A very dead tundra swan. And if you look closely, you can see me touching it with one finger. Just to make my mother and mother-in-law crazy.

Kathi and I split up for the rest of the day. I told her that she was allowed to peel off whenever she wanted to, since I am aware that Susan (in uber-crazy birding mode) is a lot to take for long periods. I know that I am a bit much sometimes so I let her escape.

Lesser yellowlegs
Lesser yellowlegs

Greater yellowlegs
Greater yellowlegs. Looks like the same bird, doesn't it? The only real difference between the two is size. A greater yellowlegs is about 4 inches longer than a lesser. Thank goodness they were together to compare.

Great egret flying over road
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge gives lots of opportunities for good photo ops. This great egret coasted right in front of me on the auto tour. If you have the good fortune to visit here, do yourself a favor and take the auto tour. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, and sitting in your car gives you a portable bird blind.

Beg flock of dunlins
This was fun. A huge flock of somethings swooped down the road, and I was able to catch up with them:

Dunlins  on ground
A flock of dunlins. About 500 of them.


Kitt said...

Wow! That's a lot of birds! How satisfying.

Congrats on the lifers!

The Swami said...

Isn't the bird gliding across the road an albino loon?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fantastic day. I think you should pay more attention to the Swami. I'm quite sure he's right on your bird ID!

Amy said...

Awesome! Looks like you had a great day birding at the marsh.

NatureWoman said...

Very cool Susan! Congratulations, and what fun!

Richard said...

Great pictures but could you post them a little larger for us old guys to see...:-).

NCmountainwoman said...

Wow! 48 species including 4 lifers. What a great day you must have had. Looks like the weather has been perfect. Enjoy the rest of your time.

Thanks for not doing a close-up shot of the dead (very dead) tundra swan.

mon@rch said...

Wow, you saw some wonderful birds and the Turnstone would have been a lifer for me! Great time you guys had and wished I could have stuck around to see these with you guys!

KatDoc said...

No, Susan, you may not count the dead swan as a "Life Bird." You may, however, add it to your "Death List," if you so choose.

Why no pictures of the ubiquitous Dead Lake Erie Carp (or whatever those dead fish were)?

~Kathi, who can beat Susan up every morning

Trixie said...

Dang, girl! What a great trip. Love the dead swan, it really adds something.