Montrose Point, 3 April 2016

Went from 30s overnight to 60 in the afternoon. Went out from 2:45 to 4:30pm or so. Supposed to get back down into the 30s tonight.

We saw a lot of different birds today, though, oddly, only one Red-winged Blackbird. Did not hear any r-w blackbirds. Very unusual. We went looking for the Harlequin Duck but did not see it.

Peregrine Falcon
Canadian Geese
Ring-billed Gulls
Red-breasted Mergansers
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Crow
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal portrait. (Photo: my wife.)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers
Killdeer by the pier

Montrose Point, 2016 March 14 (Pi Day)

Conditions: 48°, light breeze, fog.

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 17
Ring-billed Gull 15
Black-capped Chickadee 5
American Robin 6
European Starling 6
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 100
House Sparrow 50

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco in motion.
American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle with sparrows, blackbirds, starlings
The Grackles were out in large numbers. Someone left some food and the sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, and starlings were all interested.
Common Grackles bathing
Common Grackles bathing in a puddle at the edge of a road.

Montrose Point, 2016 Feb 27

Feb 27, 2016 1:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Conditions: sunny, 47°, winds 10-20mph.

Ring-billed Gull 10
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 12
European Starling 10
American Tree Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 2
House Sparrow 80

Saw at least two mallards and a large number of other ducks that were too far away to be identified.  I would have liked to get a better look because people are reporting Common Goldeneyes.  Could have been that, and I thought there may have been Scaups in the mix.

Female Cardinal. We saw 6 males and 4 females.
Female Cardinal. We saw 6 males and 4 females.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Black-capped Chickadee. Near the entrance to the Magic Hedge someone had spread a bunch of seeds. Most of the sparrows, chickadees, and cardinals were here.

Montrose Point, May 3

The prize bird today was an Eastern Whip-poor-will. It was very hard to pick out, even knowing approx. where to look. It did not move at all the several minutes we were there. Others had set up shop with large lenses to see if they could catch it moving or doing something other than making like a log.

Eastern Whip-poor-will in profile
Eastern Whip-poor-will in profile.
Eastern Whip-poor-will close-up 3/4 profile.
Eastern Whip-poor-will 3/4 on. The blur in front is a branch. The colors in the image pop more than in person; much harder to see against the log.
Eastern Whip-Poor-Will among the branches
The Eastern Whip-Poor-Will in context.
White-crowned Sparrow.
White-crowned Sparrows were out in force. It was popping its head up, but I just missed with the zoom too far in.
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Conditions: Overcast, still, humid, 78°, light sprinkles, 2:15 – 3:00pm

Eastern Whip-poor-will (1)
B-c Chickadee (5)
Robins, House Sparrows, R-w Blackbirds, Grackles
White-crowned Sparrows (100s of them)
Northern Cardinals (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
American Goldfinch (10)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4)
R-b Gulls
American Coot (1)
Purple Martins
Barn Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Montrose Point, April 4

Black-capped Chickadee. There were a lot of these present.
A Brown Creeper my wife spotted.
A Horned Grebe. These have been around for several weeks.
Nothern Flicker. These too are hanging out for now.
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Hard to get this picture through all the branches. My wife spotted this one. First one of the season for us.

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Conditions: 57°, windy, 3:00-4:30pm
Ring-billed Gulls (loads)
Canadian Geese
R-b Mergansers
Horned Grebe (5+)
Brown Creeper (1)
R-w Blackbirds
Northern Flicker (2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Black-capped Chickadees (lots)