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Ready, Set, Migrate!

4/2/2020 - 4/5/2020


Early migration is kicking up, and it's got everyone excited. I slipped out to Eagle Creek Park a few times this weekend in hopes of finding some of these migrants. I did decent, but I missed out on a couple of my targets. To be honest, I found one of them, but it was 50 foot up a tree. That is too high up to photograph, and it is the last place I expect to see a Louisiana Waterthrush....


The biggest disappointment of the weekend was Henslow's Sparrow. It's a little early for them, but I wanted to try anyway. When I pulled up to the best spot to see them in my county, I was devastated. The prairie has been mowed. Not only had it been mowed, they put in a paved trail through some of the best area. I know it's a park for people, but it was gut-wrenching to see this habitat destroyed. The good news is that the area will not be mowed regularly. Maybe next year will see the return of some sparrows; although they have lost some habitat to the trail.


Overall, it was not a great weekend for photos, and I had a hard time getting cooperative birds. But, I got a few shots I'm happy with, and that is all that matters. Hopefully, next weekend goes better.


It's not overly easy to see, but this Red-winged Blackbird has blown a small spiral galaxy while calling. And now we know how galaxies are formed....

Thanks for reading,

Mike

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