Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Been 3 months since I lost my mojo and Chaos has ruled so much of my time. I finally decided I need to just get out and do things. What really kicked me in the butt was the sighting of a Northern Mockingbird south of Albion. This and Common Redpoll (I dipped on those a couple of times when I went out just for them in Feb.) are the only "easy" Code 2 birds I am missing for the county. Normally I would have rushed right over to find it. Even after it was reported again 3 days later on March 16th...a Saturday. It wasn't until the next day I forced myself to head out and see if it could help calm the Chaos like birding has in the past. The Mockingbird gave horrible, backlit looks, but looks and some calls were enough. 235 for the county.
To catch up some of what I have managed in 2019.
March 23rd I managed 50 species of bird, as well as around that number on March 17th. Not bad when a Big Day high is 55 for me in March. It definitely helped the soul to get back out there. A Common Loon on March 24th, which flagged as rare was a nice find on my way to Meijer. Lastly to catch up to today I pulled off the highway on the way home to investigate the white bird in the fluddle on Betz and Beckley. It turned out to be a Trumpeter Swan, but upon looking at my pictures I noticed it had yellow legs. I thought that was odd for this time of the year. Upon some research I found that this was likely a leucistic bird. That made sense as I think it was a juvenile, but had no grey on it at all.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)