Black Dirt Brant

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A single Brant, among a flock of Canada Geese, Black Dirt Region, 11/16/14.

QUICK POST:  I took a driving tour of the Black Dirt Region this morning to see what was going on. It was an uneventful morning; I had relatively few species (25 in the black dirt), and most were expected. American Pipits are still present in decent numbers, I saw several smaller flocks in various locations. I had many Horned Larks for the day, but never got any good looks at some of the larger groups to sift through them for longspurs. I did have a couple of interesting birds – there was a single Snow Goose way out in a field with about a dozen Canada Geese on Celery Avenue. The highlight of the morning for me was locating a BRANT among a group of approximately 100 Canada Geese on Missionland Road. From what I read in the Crossley Guide, this is a juvenile because of the white fringes to the coverts and the lack of a white necklace, which will grow in through the fall. The light did not lend itself to good photography, but here are some shots from the morning:

I enjoy seeing a Great Blue Heron in the black dirt. This one is peering over an embankment. Missionland Road, 11/16/14.
I enjoy seeing a Great Blue Heron in the black dirt. This one is peering over an embankment. Missionland Road, 11/16/14.
Crows were numerous and  seemed to be at every turn this morning. Black Dirt Region, 11/16/14.
Crows were numerous and seemed to be at every turn this morning. Black Dirt Region, 11/16/14.
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Here’s one more of the Brant. Missionland Road, 11/16/14.
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Downy Woodpecker on Celery Avenue, 11/16/14. 

 

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