Monday, February 25, 2008

Pour by Sick

Last week was terrible! It rained intermittently the whole week. The sun only revealing itself a few times, and not very long at that. Not long enough to go birding, much less go on a photography sortie.

Thursday, Feb 21, looked promising though. I quickly drove over to the Rio Hondo Settling Ponds in Pico Rivera where an immature Bald Eagle was seen last week. I don't know what it is with eagles but I almost always have no luck with them. That was the case again that time. Despite roaming around for almost two hours, the eagle was a no-show. Were it not for the pleasant company of Al & Linda Moreno, the morning would have been a disaster bird-wise.

There were birds alright, Vultures were soaring overhead, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks were sharing a fresh breakfast of duck, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk did a flyover. Ducks were there, too - American Wigeons, Green-winged Teals, Lesser Scaups, Buffleheads and Ringed-necks mixed in with the local Mallards.

Mockingbirds and House Finches were a given. The only "unusual" bird we saw was a Eurasian Collared Dove.

Saturday, it was bright and sunny in the morning but then it was I who went under the weather. A nagging pain in my abdomen kept me bed-ridden most of the day. Sunday morning the pain was gone. But then Sunday is church day, an occasion we will never miss.

I just hope the coming week would be much better.

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