Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)- 2 photos

I starting gathering next Winter’s firewood yesterday. Fortunately I have quite a few dead standing trees so I won’t have to cut any live trees (and rarely do). While bucking up one tree this thrush was very interested. At first I was worried that I had disturbed it’s nest but then I saw that it was picking through the moss and sawdust looking for food. It stayed all day and wasn’t disturbed by me or the chainsaw.

A Soar of Eagles

I’ve always known a group of eagles to be called a convocation but apparently, and almost more appropriately, they are also known as a soar of eagles. These are eight of twelve bald eagles cruising above our house today, much to the consternation of the local ravens. At this time of year the eagles are feeling less territorial so large ‘soars’ are a common sight.