I went to Middle Creek on Monday for some free psychological therapy in the form of birdwatching. I was hoping to see any remaining snow geese and tundra swans that stop there to refuel on their seasonal journey north. There was one large group but I wasn’t in a good spot to get photos, however, I did see the resident eagle pair consuming a large white fowl:
A kind fellow-spectator allowed me to borrow his 400mm lens to take that photo and they’re still barely visible.
Male red winged blackbirds were ubiquitous, displaying with all their might:
I saw these two black vultures dining on a roadkilled deer on my way to the Humane League this morning. This is not something you’d have seen here 15 years ago. These birds previously restricted their northern range to around the Mason Dixon line but that’s changed and they’re now seen regularly around Lancaster:
In fact, Gene and I saw one sitting in the middle of our street not long after we moved in.