Ok, it’s not a National Geographic award-winning photo. But they were the coolest birds I saw today. I did some scouting for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count next weekend. Here’s a list of places I checked on my route.
Red Mill Pond for Bald Eagles and other waterfowl.
Brookside Cemetery for White-winged Crossbills.
Pennington Road for Hawks
Blissfield to look for Bald Eagles and WWxBills.
My gear includes county maps, bird guides, camera, scope, back pack, tripod, rubber boots and hot coffee.
When I’m driving around in the country I almost always run into mixed flocks of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. Most of the time they are hanging around fields of corn stubble. The best part of finding Snow Buntings is not seeing them at rest. At rest they look like stubby little birds with funny looking orange beaks. But in flight they are amazing and mesmerizing. A picture does not do them justice. You have to see them to appreciate them.
To learn more about Snow Buntings go to Cornell’s website.