What a gorgeous day in Boise. Clear blue sky this morning, warming to about 50 degrees this afternoon. While we could use some more snow, we are currently 25% below normal for the year, I'll enjoy the blue sky while its here.
This morning Karyn and I went out bird watching along the Boise River. It was cool and 30 degrees, but great lighting for some photography. We were presented with a mixture of winter birds joined by some new spring migrants. The Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows were singing with all of their might. It would appear that the males have arrived, but the females aren't yet here. Some Song Sparrows were less than 10 feet apart, each trying to out sing the next for a mate.
I usually don't pay a lot of attention to ducks, but there are a few that stand out to be my favorites. I like the Wood Duck, but we didn't see any. My favorite is probably the Hooded Merganser. I was surprised that this male hasn't yet headed North.
Of course, almost as good are the Common Mergansers. Here the males are in full breeding plumage and have paired up with their mates.
Lastly, whiles its a fairly common raptor in our area, I always stop to watch the Red-tailed Hawks. I was hoping to catch just this type of photo as he/she left it's perch.
We saw many other birds today and took many other photos. 32 different species in all. Other highlights included a group of 4 American Kestrels, 3 males and 1 female. The males appeared to be vying for the attention of the female. It was a very rewarding day. Now its time for a bike ride.