Saturday, November 3, 2012

This week at Lake Erie

     During the past week I spent a few hours over several days on the western shore of Lake Erie looking for birds to photograph.  Last Saturday, October 27,  I went to the Lake Erie Metropark Hawkwatch to look for some of rarer late season migrants (Golden Eagle, Rough-Legged Hawk, Northern Goshawk).  Well I didn't see any of those but this Bald Eagle provided a nice photo-op.  Favorable weather conditions coming the next few days (Sat Nov.3- Mon Nov.5)  should bring some of the aforementioned rarities. 

Adult Bald Eagle  at Hawk Watch

      Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the East Coast earlier this week also brought a chance of ocean-going birds to the Great Lakes region, so I walked the shoreline in Erie, MI after work  a couple of mornings this week.  I didn't see anything too unusual but here are some photos that I was able to capture.
Greater Black-backed Gull (world's largest gull)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (which breeds on the Atlantic coast of Europe)
Forster's Tern (left), Bonaparte's Gull (right)
Young Herring Gull
Forster's Tern

On my Thursday morning stroll, I saw something out in the lake, among the birds, swimming toward shore.

What's that floating in the water?  Not Neptune's only daughter.
    It was a swimming weasel. More precisely a mink.....coming from where?  Who knows?  But it was motoring as if it was a triathalon participant. Not breaking stride as it completed it's swim and hit the beach running.

Mink after a morning swim
   With such short legs the bicycle portion of the triathalon was out of the question,  also the running was limited to a just a few strides before the weasel went........
.... airborne?
   Such a beautiful creature, it took all my inner strength not to club it to death with a piece of driftwood and skin it to make a winter hat.

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