Monday, December 5, 2011

Nations Road • December 4

Yesterday Mary Flood and I went on a Rochester Birding Association field trip to the Nations Road area in Avon. This was mostly an owl hunting trip in the farmlands, and we were successful in that regard. We also had the unexpected highlight of finding a Bald Eagle! Mixed in were some bluebirds, juncos, sparrows, goldfinches, and a hovering Red-tailed Hawk. It was a fun trip!

Eastern Bluebird. We found a few different pockets of bluebirds, which is always something to enjoy!

Eastern Bluebird

Bald Eagle. Hunters dump their deer carcases on this farmer's land, much to the displeasure of the farmer. The eagle, however, sees it as a bountiful feast, so there is a silver lining to this cloud.

Bald Eagle. Unfortunately, a closer approach for pictures was not possible.

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Eastern Screech Owl. Or Bigfoot, take your pick. :-) This shot was taken after sunset and well into the twilight. The owl was called in with a recording of its call. It is being briefly illuminated with a low intensity flashlight. If my camera was tripod mounted the shot might have worked a bit better.