A chilly wind, bitter temperatures and many snow drifts made this morning’s walk a challenge.
Even so, we had 15 species of birds though, curiously, there was not a single mallard. They have gone elsewhere to find calm, open water.
Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, redhead, bufflehead, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, red-tailed hawk, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, house finch. (15 species)
Here are some of the other birds:
Here are some clients at the feeder:
a little botany and some park scenes:
Come, bring with a noise,
My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing.
While my good Dame she
Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your heart’s desiring.
– Robert Herrick (1591–1674)