Last week I had some hot tips on a new 5-mile-radius bird, a Barred Owl, and on Wednesday afternoon I went searching for it. Turns out I did not have to search hard. It was exactly where it was supposed to be.
This was my 87th 5MR bird for the year! It was also the fourth owl species in my 5MR this year following Burrowing, Barn, and Short-eared.
Anyway. On Thursday I randomly chose to drive out to Dawson Creek to walk the dogs around and look at ducks. Eurasian Wigeon was a pleasant year bird.
I saw my first "storm wigeon" too, or at least storm-ish.
It looks like it shaved and its stubble is growing in.
With the dogs tired and all of us frozen from the relentless wind and cold I decided the best thing to do was head to the auto tour at Ridgefield and be warm while I birded.
A lone Cackling Goose among Canadas made for a nice comparison view:
I once said that the albino nutria was the most vile creature I had ever seen.
I no longer believe that to be the case. Thanks, 2017, for making albino nutria look good.
Towards the end of the route I pulled over to watch a Great Blue Heron hunt and was almost immediately rewarded.
This little vole thing fought as hard as it could but that did not matter. The heron swallowed it alive.
Lastly, a Rough-legged Hawk sat on the ground while a Bald Eagle perched at the top of a tree.
That's about it. Hopefully this week won't be as rainy as predicted and I'll have a chance to get out. Good times!!