A cool, gray morning is not always the best time to get out and about but this morning I had to drive my wife to the airport and on the way back through the Minnesota River Valley I had my first flock of Double-Crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus)fly over. Then the more unusual sighting was a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) flying through and landing in the trees in my neighborhood. Now I've got some wood by my house but this guy was way out of where I'd expect him. Unfortunately he didn't get close enough to count as a "yard bird".
There are still lots of flocks of juncos chasing each other around and I thought I'd include a couple of photos of an odd bill on a junco we banded a while back. Not really deformed, but with a much longer upper mandible than I can remember seeing on other birds we've handled.
What do you think?