Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Taking the day off to allow some subsiding of Chaos, and just focused on some yard birding today along with some yard Hawkwatching for a couple hours. Ideally somewhere like Baker, Brooks or the airport would have been ideal. Nothing of note in the air, but this little incessant "chip" bird showed itself finally. Apparently not happy I was hanging out near its bushes. Looked off for the usually nearby Carolina Wren. When it flashed its dark rear it confirmed my thoughts of Winter Wren. Of my target list for the remainder of the year, this was the last "walking" bird for me. Also a new Yard Bird for me. It also gave me a new yearly high for the yard. A Bald Eagle shortly after added to the year list. The Winter Wren was a new 5 mile circle bird, as well as Township.
The Hawkwatching wasn't as good as I had hoped, with mostly single Red-tailed Hawks. A single instance of a Cooper's hawk flying South with another pair of Red-tailed was the lone multiple bird flight. Overall not a bad count for the day with 28 species. Maybe if Chaos subsides some I can catch some more tomorrow. Still looking for that Red-shouldered Hawk. Below are some of the highlights from today. Some great looking juvenile Red-tailed Hawks.
On the nerd side I did some playing around with my eBird data to see how often I am seeing the different coded birds. Of the 237 birds I have seen they break down as follows by code
What is interesting is how often one sees these code birds over the past 6 years.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)