With rather pleasant temperatures on this last day of winter and the snow from the last storm melting furiously, I was glad I felt up to going out. I was also happy to help Jeffrey get the NOGO because otherwise I would have felt bad to have had him come down this way for nothing. I am also happy that my hangover wore off fast enough that I could spend some time outside- woohoo! It's the little things, really.
Bonus was 3 species of Merganser on the Lake today. Enjoy!
|One of the two snow geese- both well habituated to people, taking handouts (no bueno), and coming into its adult plumage.|
|The Northern Goshawk (NOGO) above the wellhouse, we watched while it preened, fluffed its feathers up, stretched its wings- he appeared quite comfortable.|
|Another birder was generous enough to leave a sign of where to look for the NOGO, a stick arrow pointed to its perch, providing the views (obviously zoomed in and cropped) below.|
|Off the path up to Lookout Hill with a harsh angle from the sun we were able to get some better, closer views of this Brooklyn rarity.|
|Looking up at this bird makes for some pretty comical angles-- ready for your close up, bird?|
|The goshawk is also noticeably large, setting it apart from the usual Cooper's hawk and the dainty, by comparison, sharp shinned hawk.|
|Goshawk comes from Old English for "Goose Hawk" these birds are good at going after other birds and used in falconry, still to this day. With their declining numbers, attaining a Gos for falconry is done through rigorous permitting and regulations. Cornell's All About Birds shares lots of other cool NOGO facts on their site.|
|At the feeders I saw my faves, fox spaorrows- I love these little chunkers! Even with the feeders low on food, the place was still a flutter with chickadees, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, titmouse, nuthatch, and goldfinch, among others.|
|Other sparrows at the feeders included this song sparrow and white-throated sparrows. This one got a nice prize, some seed!|
|A tiny fox sparrow tongue- I'm a sucker, this is crazy cute.|