Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I think I have mentioned before that Barr Lake is a local birding hot spot, and one of the main attractions is the Bald Eagles that winter here. I was busy with the camera, but Connie counted nine while we were there. Most were juveniles, and you can see an adult and a juvenile in this picture.
I find it interesting to watch them hanging out on the ice on the edges of open water looking for fish as these two are doing. One eagle left a half-eaten carp on the ice that was scavenged by some gulls.
Another interesting thing we saw there was a flock of 100-120 Northern Pintail ducks. I'm not the most experienced with waterfowl, but I had only seen Pintails before as a minority mix-in with larger groups of Mallards and other duck species. Here the Pintails were the majority with a small mix-in of Mallards and Green-winged Teal.
This crowd was hanging out with about an equal number of Canada geese in the shallows along the lakeshore.