November 30, 2021

Today I birded with friends in Morgan and Logan Counties.

At Riverside Park in Morgan County Cackling Geese outnumbered Canada Geese roughly four to one.

Canada Goose amidst Cackling Geese

Here’s a Dark-eyed Junco we spotted on the side of a county road:

Dark-eyed Junco

We saw hundreds of Snow Geese at North Sterling Reservoir, though they were far away:

Snow Geese and allies at North Sterling Reservoir

Another bird along the side of a county road:

White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s)

And three views of another (all the same bird):

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Another bird along a county road:

Golden Eagle

And another:

Northern Harrier

Jumbo Reservoir was jaw-dropping in terms of the numbers of Snow Geese:

Snow Geese and allies

Whenever a Bald Eagle appeared in the sky, the birds scattered:

Snow Geese

Close-ups:

Snow Goose (adult)

Snow Goose (immature)

Last, here’s an interesting Mallard, bearing field marks of both female (black-and-orange bill, smaller size compared to Mallard drakes) and male (green on the head, curly tail feathers, general patterning of Mallard drakes).

Mallards