There's quite a bit to catch up on in the next couple of posts! I've finally gotten internet in my new Toronto place, which means finally the chance to catch up! Before I moved to Toronto I wanted to have one last visit to St. Clair NWA. Especially as now that I leave, birds migrating in will be a little more diverse than just waterfowl! This little adventure consisted of myself, my good friend from Highschool Kurtis Baute and his brother Greg (both firs-time birders!) and Chris Law, who I met while on a Herping trip to Snake Road in Illinois. We started by amazingly seeing our first 3 Great Egrets of the year, they were stunning as we watched then fly over us. Coots, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads (first time seeing them here!), hooded mergansers, and black ducks were the first birds to be seen. Suddenly from the back of the NWA, I noticed a Bald Eagle take flight. This caused quite the commotion as then dozens of waterfowl took flight startled. I noticed that it was the Juvenile I had been seeing the past two weeks. As I was pointing it out to my friends, a mature bald eagle also took flight! It was the perfect opportunity to compare the mature to the juvenile bald eagle.
|Mature Bald Eagle in flight|
|Looking out onto the Marsh|
|Pair of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead|
Ebird Checklist link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13619897
I hope that the guys had just as much of a great time as I did!