This weekend, I hopefully am going with the birders for the Lake Ontario Plains field trip for early migrants. I say hopefully since we had a snowstorm all day Thursday and flurries on Friday.
Last year it was still quite snowy and the areas we visited near the Lake were covered in ice. The fields were a bit more difficult to see birds, many being quite a distance for my lens. I went with my friend Barbara last year and we are going again this year. Both of us enjoy birding quite a bit.
This year I was hoping it would be a bit better with sunshine and less snow and ice. Spring for me is all about the birds. A few bulbs breaking through the frozen soil is neither that interesting or much to photograph. Right now, none are showing anyway, not even one nub. I would rather show you the actual flowers like I did on the last post on Allium, than some tiny nub or frozen leaves in the ground.
The snow has not stopped the birds though. My backyard is filled with songbirds, many getting down to business if you know what I mean. It is rather R rated back there. No pictures since this is a G rated blog. 😀
The beautiful birds in this post are those I saw on the same field trip last year. The snowy owl was the highlight, but seeing the Blue Herons this early was nice too even though it was not nice weather for the herons. So far this March, I have seen a number of heron in Dunkirk NY. So far, we are still too ice-covered.
Ducks were a common sight last year, as were geese and swan. I do know flocks of snow geese are around our area. Swans too.
This year might have a few new finds, the birders always have a few surprises. We do have the greatest birders around too.