On a Wing, and a Prayer … and a South Wind!!!

At some point last night the cold 30+ mph winds out of the north switched to a gentle breeze out of the south. Even though the temperature was a bit chilly at dawn (20F), everyone including the birds knew the nice blue skies meant a warm day with good migration winds was in the offing. About two hours after sunrise, bird activity picked up and I enjoyed a super morning in the Sax-Zim Bog.

On Stone Lake Road I saw my first Great Blue Heron and Wood Ducks on the Spring. In fact on one two mile stretch of dirt road from Hwy #7 to the Stone Lake Outlet yielded all of these species:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Gray Jays
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Mallards
  • Ring-Necked Ducks
  • Rough Legged Hawk
  • Wood Ducks

For a region which has been rather devoid of birds except for some winter favorites, this was delightful. Finally … do NOT get this Rough Legged Hawk mad! I think the Snow Buntings reaction will not work!

Rough Legged Hawk and a Snow Bunting’s Reaction
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