|The frozen Lake Michigan at sunset|
|Bald Eagle at sunset eating dinner(a gull)|
I've found that creating a schedule several days in advance is a good thing. Then there are the things that I always have to keep in mind while birding back here in the cold. Will a snow storm interfere? How many warm clothes should I pack? How can I prevent myself from getting sick? How much prep time is needed to get from point A to point B before it gets dark? And even more difficult? Predicting where the birds will be during the various shades of winter. Even on the lake, we had to be conscious of the open water areas. Ice drifts are good for gulls, but completely frozen rivers and harbors are not good for ANY birds. It's very different from desert birding:) And the weather can change at the drop of a hat.
|Herring Gulls in flight|
So as the skies got grayer and darker, I snapped my pics. Then I would carefully plan and time out my birding for the next day. Sometimes I had an hour. Other times, it was several.
The good part about short sunlit days is that there is more time to goof around with family and friends at night. Here, my family set up a cam to capture pictures of several deer visiting the yard. Instead we captured a pic of the creature known as Bilda The Beast! More from Wisconsin next week. Until then, have a great weekend!