Eagles + Sparrows

This afternoon I headed out to Brunswick Point to see what may be around. Not far from the beginning of the trail,

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

… was a pair of Bald Eagles. While watching them I also spotted a Northern Shrike, but it did not stick around for photos.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

Further along was this Spotted Towhee,

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

… 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.

Brunswick Point
Brunswick Point

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.

Rock Wren

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,

Rock Wren
Rock Wren

… but the long trek to the far side of the point was worth it.

Rock Wren
Rock Wren

The Rock Wren was quite active on the marsh side of the trail,

Rock Wren
Rock Wren

… and did come close enough for some half decent shots. Time well spent on another chilly afternoon.

Lapland Longspur

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,

Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur

… I spotted the two Lapland Longspur.

Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur

They were busy foraging for food in the frozen farm field.

Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur

Other birders passing by were also delighted to see these two. A pleasant surprise on a beautiful day.

Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk

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.

Brunswick Point
Brunswick Point

The sun setting at Brunswick Point as I was making my way back.