A slow December

By , December 14, 2012 12:20 am
Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

It is hardly news that our December has been a slow bird month.   The lake is finally frozen so the last of the water fowl have gone.   Both the number of birds we see on any day and that variety available are drastically reduced. Even the Red-winged Blackbirds that were so prominent last year have almost entirely abandoned us.  (It does save on suet and seed.)  We have had at least one surprise. Yesterday we saw a Rough-legged Hawk while on our way to Long Prairie.

As far as what we can photograph the Pine Grosbeak has been the best bird in December (and one of the best for the entire year). I am also posting photos of the Red-breasted Nuthatch and the Common Redpoll.

Red-breasted Nuthatch 12/8/2012

Red-breasted Nuthatch 12/8/2012

Common Redpoll 12/13/2012

Common Redpoll 12/13/2012

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