Sunday, January 24, 2010

Short-eared Owls, Blue-winged Teal

[East coast prairie: salt marsh, here at the mouth of the Cohansey, decorated by a perched Short-eared Owl (upper left) during yesterday's raptor survey. Besides the below-mentioned 4 Short-eareds found at Turkey Point, 1 at Jake's Landing, and 2 here at the end of Ragged Island Road, 2 others were at Newport Landing, Cumberland County, observed by Janet Crawford and Tony Klock. Click to enlarge photos.]

[Blue-winged Teal, South Cape May Meadows a.k.a. TNC Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge yesterday. Unusual in winter. Look for the big bill, the lack of a buff horizontal stripe under the tail, and the facial crescent to distinguish these birds from Green-winged Teal.]

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