Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sax Zim in March

Spent a great weekend in the Bog with some good friends! Some nice specialties seen included Black-billed Magpie (carrying nesting material!), Northern Hawk-owl and Rough-legged Hawks. Also had some wonderful encounters with some of nature's real characters - Boreal Chickadees and Gray Jays, aka the Whiskey Jacks. Had such wonderful luck with great images that I just pulled a couple for this post.

Got a couple of great shots of Common Redpolls, and the more elusive Hoary Redpoll. We had a great birder with us who could point out some of the differences (that did not include just the ligher plumage). Look at how much shorter the bill is on the bottom photos (the Hoary) than the Common Redpoll (shown with more pink/red in the plumage).

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