Showing posts from November, 2013

Long-tailed Ducks


Snow Buntings


Goldfinch in the Snow


Snowy Afternoon


Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe in winter plumage.

Icy Cold

Bitter cold on Lake Erie and it's not even winter yet!

Red-breasted Merganser


Cooper's Hawk

A juvenile Cooper's Hawk poses for me with a freshly caught chipmunk.

Monochrome Bursts into Full Color at Sunset

Quite a contrast from earlier in the day (see photos below).

The Witch of November

The clouds and north winds (known on the Great Lakes as the Witches of November) surround us in monochrome.

A female Long-tailed (Oldsquaw) Duck rides the surf.

A Grebe in winter plumage rides out the stormy seas in the protected water around the city pier.

A rare Juvenile Sabine's Gull (outstretched wings in center) with Bonaparte's Gulls

Bonaparte's Gull

There are plenty of these petite little Bonaparte's Gulls arriving in the Dunkirk Harbor.  Many of them will remain in the southern Great Lakes area until spring.

Malnourished Waterfowl

This is what malnutrition looks like in watefowl.  This feral domestic duck is in the Dunkirk Harbor suffering from a condition called "angel wings."  It is caused by people feeding it BREAD!  This can cause a nutritional deficiency that makes their wings grow the wrong way and renders the bird flightless.  Please people, don't feed bread, cereal, crackers, cookies or other human junk food to the birds!

Hooded Merganser


The Fallen


Post-Sunset Glow

Great sunset colors over Lake Erie this evening from Point Gratiot in Dunkirk.

White-breasted Nuthatch


Mallard Pair


Carolina Chickadee

The differences between the Black-capped Chickadee of the north and the southern Carolina Chickadee are very subtle.  The Carolina version has a smaller and more sharply defined black bib, a longer tail, and a faster, higher pitched song.  Also, their ranges to not overlap in the the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina where I took these photos.

In Memory of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 39 years ago today...

I remember this Great Lakes storm on November 10, 1975 and hearing the news about the Edmund Fitzgerald.  
"Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?"

"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
Then later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'…

American Robin


Golden Portal


Waterfowl & Gull Migration

Migrants coming across Lake Erie were seen in massive numbers late this afternoon.  Some of the birds I was able to identify included Common and Hooded Mergansers, Common Loons, Pied-billed, Red-necked and Horned Grebes, Bonaparte's Gulls, Buffleheads, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Scaup, Canada Geese, American Coots and Double Crested Cormorants.

Snow Bunting

The Snow Buntings are beginning to return for the winter from their breeding grounds in the high arctic.

First Snow of the Season


November Gales

Right on time!  The gales of November have arrived.  High winds bring high water from Lake Erie.