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Signs of Spring I: Migratory Birds!
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Signs of Spring I: Migratory Birds!

by Gerald Janauer on March 22, 2009

The migratory birds are starting to return to our little corner of the Delaware River Valley.  Yesterday I went out on a morning run on our local dirt roads, ran through mud, snow, and ice.  As I returned, I saw a flock of birds sitting in one of the apple trees along the road I was running on.  On closers inspection, I saw that they were Robins!  Robins are a sure sign of spring in our neck of the woods.

On our walk earlier today, my wife and I saw more Robins, and quite a few common mergansers and geese on our pond.  We sometimes get wood ducks and mallards, as well as black ducks.

We live at the edge of a beaver pond that tends to attract all types of wild life, including beavers, of course, but also all types of different birds.  We sometimes see bald eagles, blue herons, and early in spring several species of ducks migrate through.  Even with the ice still on the pond, this is another sure sign that spring has finally come to upstate New York!

The image of a common merganswer pair was taken earlier this afternoon in rather poor light.  It was actually snow flurrying a bit, and was cold and windy.  Our pond is still partly iced over, and the duck’s movements were restricted by the ice cover.  The image was taken with a Nikon D300 at ISO 1600 using a 80-400 VR Nikkor lens set at f/11.  For a review of this lens, check the reviews section on this site.  This image is a rather heavy crop of the original capture.

Common Mergansers and Pond Ice

Common Mergansers and Pond Ice

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