|My backyard. No leaves, but no snow either!|
This weekend was no different. There's 2 substantial things I'm working on in the advertising world. Neither of which I'm at liberty to talk about. Nor should I even if I were allowed. Quite frankly, what I find to be an interesting advertising problem is generally as fun as watching paint dry to non-advertising folks. Everyone likes the funny commercial when it's done but let me tell you, it's almost always a long, hard and sometimes ridiculous road to get to those funny thirty seconds.
Enough about my job. Suffice it to say I had a bunch of work to do this weekend that I'd rather not have done on the weekend. What I did Saturday was great fun. Well, to a non-birder, it might seem like a dreadful way to spend a Saturday. Waking well before the sun. Driving through the dark morning to a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. Waiting there in the cold for another car to show up, only to drive another 3 hours. And when you stop driving, you wander aimlessly around in the fridgid temperatures looking at hoards of Canada Geese way off in corn fields trying to see one that doesn't have a black neck. Only to tick a little box next to the words 'White-fronted Goose.' And this outcome was if everything went according to plan. I don't know what's wrong with you, it sounds fun to me.
|White-Fronted Goose by Alan Vernon|
|Up close Golden Eagle by Just Chaos|
|(More like how I saw it) Golden Eagle by OCParks_CA|
We missed another great bird that would have been a lifer. Eastern Screech Owl. I know, I know. I should really have that one by my age but it just eludes me. I've chased them in years past but to no avail. The Tundra swans were in the hundreds that day. A week previous, they were in the thousands. But really, this year, all I needed was one. Tick. Ring-necked Ducks were new for the year. Had them in January in BC. Now I had them in Ontario. We got quite a few Turkey Vultures and we even got Rusty Blackbirds. I love them, with their bright eyes and patches of rusty feathers. We tried for a Spotted Towhee but never got it. There was however a Black-capped Chickadee that had streaks of grey 'hair' throughout it's cap. He looked like he was going gray. If anyone can explain that one, I'd really like to know more about it. There were lots of other good birds that day too.
|Eastern Screech Owl by Seabamirum. The one we were after usually hangs out in nest boxes.|
|Ring-necked Ducks by Bananaram. (This is the actual ones I saw)|
|Rusty Blackbird by Bananaram. (This is the actual one I saw)|
|Song Sparrow by Bananaram. (This is the actual one I saw)|
|Tundra Swans by ingridtaylar|
|Poster I designed for Bradleyboy's show.|
|Piliated Woodpecker by Monica R.|
A pretty good weekend birding and some nice family time. Even though I had to work a fair bit Sunday night, it's not so bad. Oh who am I kidding, working at all on a Sunday sucks. After 9pm really blows. I don't care what your job is. Well, ok, maybe a birding guide might have fun owling on a Sunday night. But no ad guy ever liked working Sunday night.
March 18, 2011 day list.
March 19, 2011 day list.
Great Blue Heron
March 20, 2011 day list.
Punk Rock Big Year