February birding gets off to a good start

By , February 4, 2012 11:16 am

February has gotten off to a strange start but also a good one as far a our birding goes. On Wednesday we both saw an immature Bald Eagle a few miles south of Brainerd, MN. We’ve been seeing Bald Eagles all Winter. I don’t know if that is unusual for others in MN but it has been unusual for us. In the years we were in Randall, neither Shawnne nor I ever saw an Eagle in January, nor did we see them in the last week of December. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get a photograph of one but these birds are so easy to identify that I don’t think anyone would dispute the sighting.

In the last few days we have seen a Northern Shrike twice. Not a rare bird, of course, but not always one that you see. This one we caught in the act and I have posted one picture (taken through three sheets of glass unfortunately).

Our last bird of note is the Ring-Necked Pheasant. We’ve been hearing them all winter (they sound like an old car horn) and we have seen them a few times in the distance. Yesterday we caught them in our neighbor’s yard. I wonder if they think it is spring?

Ring-Necked Pheasant 2/3/12

Ring-Necked Pheasant 2/3/12

3 Responses to “February birding gets off to a good start”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I saw the pheasant this morning walking around on the property we live on, by the lake. He looked very proud and comfortable; exactly like he believes it is Spring! It sure feels like Spring! The little bit of snow we do have is melting quickly. I am really wondering what kind of a birding season the true Spring will be this year. With the warm temps, the birds may arrive much sooner. We’ve had several male Red-winged Blackbirds (we call them the bachelor boys) hanging around all winter. They get free food! Why not hang around? I hope we get lots of warblers!

  2. Bill A. says:

    Very nice pheasant picture. They are an attractive looking bird.
    Don’t think I have ever heard one.

  3. Jerry says:

    Since I never lived where Pheasants lived, I never heard them call before I moved here. I only recently connected the distinctive sound they made with Pheasants.

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