Birds Surviving A Blizzard
We survived Blizzard Jonas! Approximately 12″ fell here in Grasonville, Maryland. Winds that were 30-50 mph caused drifts as high as 5′. We were lucky to have no power outages or damage for which I am thankful.
Wildlife has the instinct to know when a storm is coming. They prepare by eating extra and finding a sheltered area to hunker down until the storm passes.
With Marshy Creek freezing over and the impending storm, birds that normally shelter in the creek’s cove could not do so. When it does freeze over, they will tend to hang closer to our community coves and riprap. And that means I get the opportunity to see birds up closer with my binoculars, and maybe get some great photos.
This time did not disappoint!
The blizzard finally arrived and I mostly stayed inside, but snuck in a couple shots here and there.
The blizzard finally moved on late last night, and this morning I awoke to a winter wonderland. It was a beautiful sunrise AND moon set!
Within a couple hours, everything was glistening, the skies were clear, the strong winds had disappeared.
All of the visitors yesterday made roll call this morning!
My favorite pair of resident Eagles have been very visible since the storm, perching on Lippincott’s channel marker.
Whenever an Eagle took flight, they made the ducks nervous, causing them to take flight.
We also have a juvenile Eagle that I see often and try to capture. Got him this time!
The Tundra Swans were amazing today. They love Marshy Creek but are very skittish on being close to us.
There were several small groups of Tundra Swans, some were families.
As the sun was setting, a dozen adult Tundra Swans also passed our Osprey nest platform. I was way off on my settings so I lost all my captures. 😦
BUT……I did get them as they headed into the sunset! 🙂
As you can see, I had a couple fun-filled days of photo ops! I have more to share, but I think I’ll spare you those until next time. I have already overwhelmed you enough for this post.
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy you week! 🙂