Today I decided to take a second look at the Stanbridge Station Varied Thrush, in the hope that it would actually show well enough to photograph. IF it did then I would go on to look for the Harris’s Sparrow, again for better looks. The trip over was punctuated by flock after flock of Horned Larks by the roadside, I reckon today was the first day of their return, I saw over a thousand all told. I also saw skeins of Canada Geese to, won’t be long now until I’m up to knees in them.
When I got to Stanbridge three photogrpahers were occupying the crease so I joined them, the Varied Thrush was up in a de-berried tree but slightly obscured. I took a quick snap through the branches in case it winged it and actually prefer those shots to the ones on the floor, where the snow made balance a problem. After ten minutes or so the thrush duly dropped and fed around the feeder pole, great views, my best ever of the species but the photos are of the record variety. It gave audience for ten minutes or so before zooming off over the trees.
The next stop at Sainte-Brigide was brief and Collared Dove-less, again. I then moved on to the Harris’s Sparrow site, there was a lot of snow covering the bushes I hoped it would pose in and the only shots I got were from distance although it did treat me to a burst of song at one point. A Tufted Titmouse flew in for a while too, three years in Quebec without seeing one then they become as common as Budgies, well actually I’ve seen them at three sites so far this year (although, strangely, no budgies).
Below the shots, nothing to write home about, I’m wondering whether the lens took more damage than I thought when it hit the road in Panama, while attached to me, I seem to have problems focussing over range, or perhaps it was just crap light. I might go and look for a California Gull tomorrow, should be easy if its there, I’ll just look for the surfboard stuck up in the snow.
Just to clarify the post title, in birding parlance, to clear up means to see the bird you are after. I realise the context could be misconstrued.