A Bit of Migration at Last

For those interested, I expect to be publishing ‘Park Life’ at the weekend, it is at the final edit stage. Once it’s available, don’t worry about breaking the Internet like that Kim Lardarsian woman tried to (not sure of the spelling or even who she, or Kenny West, actually are!), I’m sure it will cope with demand.

Today was a different migration day, cooler than yesterday’s balmy sunshine and relaxed viz-mig session that left me looking a bit Lobster like, by that I mean red faced, not endowed with pincers! Over the past three days it has been a welcome change from the Brass Monkey neutering weather of this long winter and there has actually been some migration. I did a little update to the last post for the stuff seen 25th-March. Today it was a bit of a different mix.

At this time of year, first of the season birds start to come along quickly and so it was today, as I welcomed Northern Goshawk, Great Blue Heron, Snow Goose and Turkey Vulture onto the year list. Hawk migration continued but without eagle participation. At least four Rough-legged Hawks came through, two all dark birds and two pale birds, one fairly close as you can see from the photos. A female Northern Harrier came along and the much looked for Northern Goshawks finally deigned to show, albeit briefly.

A nice skein of Snow Geese, around 70 birds, pushed north, although I think they are going to be a bit disappointed with the lack of open water up there. Canada Geese were more circumspect, preferring just to wander about a bit, roughly 200 or so in total. Perhaps most unexpected was a Great Blue Heron carrying an ice fishing augur, not really, it would be too heavy but I’m sure you’d already worked that one out. Realistically it will need one though, as we have virtually nothing unfrozen, yet.

American Robins were on the move all morning and a lone Turkey Vulture was having a sniff around for breakfast before moving off. The rest of the fare was standard; three different Red-shouldered Hawks, steady numbers of Starlings and a few Red-tailed Hawks.

Suddenly, as winter drops away and despite the promise of -9°C on a couple of nights, spring and its returning birds is happening. I think it will take a few days before the real duck rush begins and I hope that the snow doesn’t evaporate away before it has the chance to upset the farmers by flooding local fields for a few days, they soon get over it.

Here are the Rough-leg shots, enjoy.

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