The annual hawk watch at the Pembina Valley actually began about the middle of February,but it was a slow start.March 30th was the first day I went to the valley to observe. I wish I could say that the birds came through in record numbers,but that was not the case.
It was great to re-connect with friends who I see only at the Hawkwatch,as a rule.The weather was wonderful,warm sunshine and just a little wind.
The highlight of the day,other than meeting friends was a Golden Eagle which flew by close and low.
I had only had pictures of the Golden Eagle from far away up to this point.
It isn't just raptors that come over.This Black-billed Magpie looks quick elegant against that blue sky.
Of course no post about the Hawkwatch would be complete without a Bald Eagle picture.
I look forward to many more trips to the valley before the migration comes to an end around the latter part of April. Once I got to the valley on Saturday,I realized again how much I enjoy the company of the other birders and also just being there to witness this with my own eyes and my camera's lens.