[BIRD NOTES] October 31, 2006
Nature is sometimes very cruel and the following account is truly appalling. I know for a fact that burdock is not easy to dig up, but the next time you run across it break it off before it matures. The life you save may be that of your favorite avian creature.
Common Burdock a Kinglet Killer
While walking the usual 500 yard path at Milwaukee's North Point-Lake Park lakeshore in mid- October, during the
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Today (10/27) along the Connecticut river between
---Taj Schottland, Putney
While in the fields at the
We stopped by to catch glimpse of any migrating waterfowl today (10/30). Instead we were entertained by a pair of mature Bald Eagles. Lying on the shore with its tail floating in the water was what appeared to be a humongous dead Carp. The eagles took turns and while one watched from a nearby tree the other proceeded to gorge itself on their newly found delicacy. A pair of Crows paced back and forth close by waiting like jackals for a chance to grab a tasty morsel. We backed the car out of their sight and turned around to head out so as not to disturb their repast.
While waiting to get out onto the main road, we observed two Myrtle Warblers foraging in the thick undergrowth. They appeared to be finding insects in a sunny sheltered spot.
The winds at the Meadow had subsided to a breeze when we stopped by today. At first we only saw the usual large numbers of Canada Geese. But upon closer scrutiny with a scope, first one and then a second bird popped up in the water like a cork, female Common Mergansers. Off to the right of the island were two groups of birds. The smaller of the two was showing a lot of white. Looking down the barrel of a 20X gave us good looks at 4 Buffleheads, 3 of them were males with their flashy white head gear. We swung further right to the larger group and found them to be Ring-necked Ducks, 5 males and 4 females.
Along the path at the water treatment plant we came upon a Green Heron standing in a puddle and concentrating on a possible meal.
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