Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Finally, a Day Birding

Sun Dog Present at Sunrise
Finally, after a number of postponements due either to the weather or illness, my friend Doug and I went out birding yesterday.  I picked them up before sunrise and in the eastern sky we could see Venus, Jupiter and Mars.  Since reports have been showing a number of sea ducks around the area.  We decided to go down to Sachuest to see what we could find.  I have to say it was a great day birding, there was a large number of different passerines around.  Most of them were very skittish, but we were able to get enough of binocular views to ID them.  Some of the birds we saw were the usual song sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers along with a palm warbler, Eastern towhee white-throated sparrow and dark-eyed junco.
Dark-eyed Junco
 The only sea ducks that we saw were some eiders.  There was a Peregrine falcon in northern harrier sweeping the fields.  White-tailed deer wise, scattered all through the fields a large number of does and yearlings.
White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer
As we were returning toward the visitor center, in the distance, on the other side of the parking lot.  A nice buck white-tailed deer ran quickly through the field jump the fences and disappeared behind the visitor center.  If I was near the car on the visitor center.  I would have been able to get a picture, but I was too far away to even try. However, it was finally nice to see a good looking buck.
Interesting Rock Formation Lit up by the Morning Sun
Ash Berries
Ring-billed Gulls and Sanderlings, Feeding in the Wrack
American Black Ducks in Flight
While we were driving pass Norman Bird Sanctuary, there was a Peregrine falcon sitting on the wires.  I slow down stopped and slowly backed up, hoping to get a photograph up close of this Peregrine.  No lock it decided to fly away and disappear into the tree line