Well it was a gloomy wet day and the lack of visitors at Reifel reflected that when I arrived to help out this afternoon. As I started out down the east dyke trail, nobody else was around. Nobody people wise anyways,
… but this Northern Saw-whet Owl was tucked away trying to stay dry. While I have seen a few this winter, none have been in good spots for being able to get photographs. Today’s Northern Saw-whet Owl was not much better as it was roosting behind several branches. Fortunately I had my 70-300 mm zoom today (to be able to keep the camera under my jacket). It was a little more flexible in getting an angle than the larger lens and tripod would have been.
The other highlight along the east dyke trail was a Eurasion Wigeon in a large puddle along with some other ducks in a field on the Alaksen side. Did chat with a few of the hearty birders that did venture out and there was no other sightings of note. The only other excitement was at the end of the day when I almost got knee capped by a Cooper’s Hawk that blasted by in front of me as I approached the entrance.
Got a chance for a brief walk on this cold, but sunny afternoon. Headed out to Reifel and was surprised at being the only visitor there when I pulled into the parking lot. Three Red-breasted Sapsuckers had been seen earlier in the day so I started off down the east dyke trail in search of them. Unfortunately there was no sign of Sapsuckers,
… but there was one Northern Saw-whet Owl sleeping away the day.
Other visitors did eventually show up and one couple I met up with along the centre dyke trail had spotted a group of Bohemian Waxwing.
They had counted eight birds busy feeding on the crab apple.
They were some distance away, but I was not going to complain as it has been awhile since I have seen/photographed Bohemian Waxwing here.
The parking lot was no where near being full when I showed up to help out at Reifel this afternoon. Not too surprising given it was a fairly gloomy and damp day. The Harris’s and Swamp Sparrows continue as well as the Bohemian Waxwings. The highlight for most visitors today,
… were the Northern Saw-whet Owls. There were three along the east dyke, two on the north dyke and four elsewhere for a total of nine today. This one being the most photogenic even with his head tucked in while snoozing away the afternoon.