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Up until yesterday, my photos of Western Meadowlarks weren’t very good. The species have nested in our yard for years, but I was never able to get any decent photos.
I came back to the house for lunch this afternoon and this male Western Meadowlark was singing on a fence post. I got my camera and took a few photos, and though they’re good, I’d like to work on taking some even better ones.
2011 was a great year for birding for me. This year I saw eastern birds I had never seen before. I was able to see 145 year birds and 61 life birds. I was hoping to break the 200 barrier, so I’ll try for that next year (starting tomorrow!).
1. Long-tailed Duck (Toronto, Lake Ontario)
2. Tufted Titmouse (Central Park, NYC)
3. Great Gray Owl (our farmyard)
4. Wilson’s Snipe (across the road from our farmyard)
5. Western Meadowlark (the pasture across the road from our farmyard)
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler (the woods down the road)
I went out Tuesday evening in search of owls, I didn’t have any luck, but instead I was able to find about 20 Lesser Yellowlegs, one Merlin, one Western Meadowlark, countless Canada Geese and 26 Sandhill Cranes. It was a great night for birding even though the skies are now getting dark before 9 pm.
Some of the Lesser Yellowlegs feeding,
A Lesser Yellowlegs,
As I was watching the Yellowlegs, I saw a flock of Sandhill Cranes. They were in a neighbors wheat field eating the grain,
I love these two pictures of the cranes where you can see just their heads,
To end my post I thought I should add a picture of the beautiful sunset we had last night. Though I saw many great species of birds I never heard or saw any owls,
I’m very sorry for missing this post on this past Sunday. We had a very bad hail storm here on Saturday, which not only knocked out our internet service but also broke windows, damaged shingles and siding, and destroyed my mother’s vegetable garden.