Sunday, November 9, 2014
Just a little update
Though migration is going strong and there are tons of birds at Lake Murray right now, pretty much blanketing the water and trees, I haven't been taking too many photos in the last week or two. I should take more. Tomorrow, I am thinking of doing a bird count, so if I see anything rare, I will try to photograph it.
It looks like Smudge and her mate have three young killdeer with them. There is either a male Cooper's hawk or a female sharp-shin hanging out in the area. I think it's a Cooper's hawk, but can't really see it because he won't stay still.
These three youngsters are in a fear-crouch. They were screaming earlier.
Big Sissy has been renamed Pumpkin and she's been out in the open more often instead of hiding in the reeds all day.
Little Sissy is still known as Sissy (she is in the back of the photo). Yesterday, I was really worried as she was having trouble breathing and was gaping and coughing. She seemed to get better after a few minutes, but I'm still worried. Life in the wild is rough and one can't stay sick for long out there.
Trouble has found some mallard friends, mostly young mallards and maybe his brothers.
He's still very small, though, compared to the others his age.