This afternoon I headed out to Brunswick Point to see what may be around. Not far from the beginning of the trail,
… was a pair of Bald Eagles. While watching them I also spotted a Northern Shrike, but it did not stick around for photos.
Further along was this Spotted Towhee,
… and Golden-crowned Sparrow. I also got a brief glimpse of what looked like a Hermit Thrush. On the way back a Western Meadowlark flew across the trail landing in the farm field, but was too far off for a photo.
Back at the beginning of the trail with the sun just starting to go down I paused to shoot this lone Willow tree in the farm field.
Brunswick Point has certainly been busy of late. With the continuing Gyrfalcon, American Tree Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows and Lapland Longspur. Then the sighting of a Rock Wren yesterday which was the goal for today. Indications from other birders was that it was well beyond where it was seen previously,
… but the long trek to the far side of the point was worth it.
The Rock Wren was quite active on the marsh side of the trail,
… and did come close enough for some half decent shots. Time well spent on another chilly afternoon.
The sun was shining, but it was still chilly with a little snow left when I headed out to Brunswick point this afternoon. The plan was to look for the American Tree Sparrows again and maybe a chance to see the Gyrfalcon. On arriving and speaking with a couple of birders about to leave, they informed me of two Lapland Longspur that had been sighted in the farm field below the dyke. So the plan quickly changed. On my first pass along the area they had been seen I was only turning up Savannah Sparrows. Then while backtracking for a second pass,
… I spotted the two Lapland Longspur.
They were busy foraging for food in the frozen farm field.
Other birders passing by were also delighted to see these two. A pleasant surprise on a beautiful day.
Bonus shot of the day was this Rough-legged Hawk that was busy over the marsh and occasionally roosting in the trees beside the trail.
The sun setting at Brunswick Point as I was making my way back.