11 March 2012

A grey windy Sunday in March

2 male Black Scoter at Sawara this afternoon, the fishing ports had the usual birds: Scaup, Goldeneye, Red Breasted Merganser, Black Necked and Great Crested Grebe, the usual winter gulls and several Harlequin Duck.

It was sunny but very windy and my fingers were frozen after 10 minutes outside, we headed back to Onuma. The weather was pretty poor here, grey and snowy but the thaw has started, slightly. 2 White Tailed Eagle were sitting on the ice next to an open area in the middle of the lake, the first Great Cormorant of the year had arrived and was swimming around in another area of unfrozen water. The Pintail and Smew were still present as were Goosander, Goldeneye, Whooper Swan and Great Egret.

Most of the common woodland stuff was around including Grey Headed Woodpecker and lots of Jay. The poor light didn't help with the photos, it was very dark. They were foraging on a bank which amazingly................was snow free.

By the time we got back to town it was very overcast, the port in Kamiiso had several Red Breasted Merganser eating rather large flatfish.

So Liverpool appeared to have totally given up and have stopped trying to even win games in the 2011/12 Premier League season. Nice.

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  1. I can just tell the Merganser isn't going to let that fish go. Harlequin is always stunning and I like the Black Scoters, too. Only HK record was an immature..

  2. good shots in spite of poor light. Love the greyheaded woodpecker and of course the merganser with fish. We seem to be having an amazingly early spring in Minnesota; all the snow is gone and I spotted some sprigs of green grass in the lawn. Hang in there.

  3. The season is over - let's hope Kenny can get the summer signings right.

    Very cool Merganser shot.

  4. I think jay look so cool. I've never seen one. Some great shots.


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