[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Not much has happened over the past near 2 weeks. Weekend of Halloween the fields around R DR N and 21 Mile Road were filled with gulls. It made for a couple of really fun days looking through them for anything interesting. Nothing new for the year, but managed to get my best looks at a Lesser Black-backed Gull. This gull stood out for being so dark, still and basically the same size as the nearby Ring-billed Gulls (note in first pic below). Gave me really close looks for an extended period.
This was a cool sequence of it nabbing a worm
I thought this bird had a shot of being a thayeri Iceland Gull. It was really light, and even those outer primaries are very light. Confirmations from 3rd parties point to it still being a Herring Gull though.
Other than that nothing else has really been cranking up. Duck Lake was still very empty of birds, other than gulls. November looks like it is going to be very limited for me. Jeep is in the shop for an extended period of time, and rentals are ridiculously priced right now. I'm sure a Red-throated Loon will show up now on Duck Lake this weekend or next.
The Black Scoter and Surf Scoter were confirmed from a couple weeks ago, so sitting at 210 and would like to get more, but really happy with that number. As I wrote before Pine Siskin is the only bird that won't flag at rare at this point for my target species. In fact there are only 14 species with Nov-Dec records that I don't have for my Year List. Again a really, really good year.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)