The excitement has begun.
Raptor migration is on and the numbers are climbing.
I look forward to this time of year.
Who wouldn't get excited at this kind of view?
When a Bald Eagle comes over fairly low,the excitement builds very quickly.
It is very early in the migration season,but already 555 bald Eagles have passed through the Pembina Valley and more are coming.
This is a Golden Eagle.
The numbers for these birds are much lower,but that is very normal.
It is a beautiful bird to watch as it soars through the sky.
This was one of those special moments when a bird is so low that no cropping is needed. This picture is SOOC,no editing.
Although we always love seeing a mature Bald Eagle,this immature bird is no less beautiful.
When we have a moment of no Raptors in the sky,we turn our attention to the other birds.This little Downy Woodpecker came to check out the action and also look for some food in the tree.
A moment later this is all we saw of him.
Wings lifted straight up,ready for take-off.
Spotting the first Canada Geese come by is also thrilling.
It is somewhat unusual to see only two at a time and they were silent.
I still love how they looked in that beautiful blue sky.
As it is time for the weekend,I will be spending time at the Pembina Valley,watching for Raptors of all kinds and hopefully getting lots more pictures.
It is exciting to see the counts for the Red-tailed Hawks slowly climbing.We are now at 148 birds,but that should climb into the thousands before the migration is over.
To date 803 birds in total have been counted and those numbers should be climbing on a daily basis.
I can't wait to get out there and be a part of this thrilling event.
Stay tuned for many more pictures in the weeks to come.