Three days of snow slowed the birding during my Spring break, but did not stop it. I encountered some old and new birds.
Between snow storms I located the Long-eared owl nest without disturbing the female.
While the male circled and kept an eye on me.
The snow started to fall on Thursday after I left the owls and the sandhill cranes, teal and coots did not seem to mind.
But then on Friday, the ground was covered and I slipped out at 5 a.m. to see if I could find my first Sage grouse of the season. I found them on a lek, but only seven males and no females showed up. I was able to get a few pictures, but they did not stay long as they preferred the sage rather than the bare snow covered breeding ground with no breeding to be done.
With snow showers and wind up to 40 mph, the ice on Mud Lake started to break up exposing winter-killed fish. On the edge of the ice 54 eagles, mostly immature Balds, gathered to feed. That evening, I hid in some large cottonwood trees and photographed the eagles coming into roost. The grey skies did not make for great shots, but it was exciting to watch these birds fight the wind to find their roost for the night.
Even in the snow, it was a great way to spend two days in the wildness of Idaho. Happy Easter.