Sunday, February 3, 2008
Mississippi river today
My family and I headed over to the Mississippi this afternoon to watch Bald Eagles (this time it wasn't me conning dad into going, it was the other way around. This was his idea for a change). We started at Prairie Du Chien and headed up the river to Ferryville, then took Rush Creek Rd to county B to 27 to 171 and back home from there.
Here's some pics of the first Eagle we found:
We found a grand total of 3 Bald Eagles for the entire trip. No Goldens.
The river is still mostly frozen over except for small patches near the dams. The almost complete lack of birds was still astounding.
We took a detour back home via Rush Creek Rd where I found this N Shrike:
Other birds found today included:
about a dozen Mallards
20+/- Red-tailed Hawks
3 Bald Eagles
1 Rough-legged Hawk
2 N Shrikes
hundreds of starlings
Assorted common winter birds, including White-breasted Nuthatch, Titmouse ect
The weather wasn't all that great though. It was cloudy and gray all day. Even the birds knew it wasn't a great day.