Minus 31 with the Wind / Col Sam Smith Park: January 30, 2019

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:

Long-tailed Duck (male)
Mute Swans
Mute Swans
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
White-winged Scoter (female) above with Long-tailed Duck (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female) showing wings with Greater Scaup
Canada Geese

Here are some clients at the feeder:

Northern Cardinal (female)
House Finch (male)
House Finch (male)

a little botany and some park scenes:

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)


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)

Miles Hearn

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