When the bugs and grubs are nowhere to be found on land, hit the open water.
Sand dunes transformed to snow dunes along a Lake Erie beach.
This area is normally a flat beach on Lake Erie. High winds are creating ice volcanoes that push water and sand up through holes that form in the mounds of snow and ice. I took a video of the water in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcqxHqjoR_g
Female Black Scoter on Lake Erie
Visitors from the northern tundra have invaded our area this week. Flocks of hundreds of Redpolls are being reported all across Western New York State. This is an irruption year for northern finches and birders in the area are enjoying a rare treat.
...can fit on one thistle feeder? At least 30 and about 60 more were on the ground waiting for a turn!
Was happy to be greeted by flock of at least 200 Redpoll again today when I came home from work! I was able to sneak up on this little female while she was eating snow.
This Great Black-backed Gull did not appreciate my presence. Two quick shots and I left him in peace.
Our January thaw bringing out the earthy colors.
I was told that this swan, although not tame, was known by people living on the lake and that they could distinguish him from the rest. His name is "Solo."
The 60 degree temps we had today gave this guy a little more open water to enjoy.
The Alberta Clipper headed our way brought down a wall of snow as it hit the area late this afternoon.
The average temp during the day today was 9º F but it's expected to rise into the teens tonight! Heat wave! ;-)
The Full Wolf Moon is seen rising over Lake Erie from up on the Chautauqua Ridge in Arkwright, New York.