Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Big Sit Photos
As promised, here are some photos from our Big Sit on Sunday. Our big sit 17' diameter circle was our front deck. Probably the highlight was seeing Bald Eagles three times. I never, never get tired of seeing eagles, always a thrill.
A Pied-billed Grebe, first spotted by Rich, popped up on the pond in front of us. This is a rare sighting for inland NH. In the eight years we have lived here, this is only the third time we have seen one here.
At dawn, the air was sooo still, crunching on an english muffin was making too much noise to hear for birds. If you cup your ears you can hear better. We heard a lovely Hermit Thrush call from the woods.
The mist was rising from the pond and fields, it was cold, about 30 degrees and we were bundled up. Scopes were a big help.
It warmed up in the middle of the day to about 50 degrees, but the wind became very strong and from the west. That made hearing birds just about impossible, but raptors started to move on the wind, a plus for us.
Rich showed up at about 8 am with home-made muffins, what a nice guy! His good birding skills were welcomed by our team.
Our Corgi Phoebe is saying to Abby, "it's a big sit, not a big lie-down!" They were a nice addition. Abby even alerted us to Canada Geese flying high, as she gave low "wuf-wufs".
We had a great day and saw 48 species, more than we expected.
Bird Photos were not taken on the day of, I was too busy counting birds.