It felt like a winter morning with 2 degree temperature, overcast skies and strong icy winds.
From my experience windy days always result in fewer bird species. My theory is that the birds feel that they cannot compete with the wind sounds so, for the most part, they don’t sing. The exception was the Cardinal and we heard many.
A solitary male Mallard who appears to be sleeping although one eye is looking at the camera:
I came early to put feed in the bird feeders located in the parking lot here and we were rewarded with close-ups of several species:
Though Robins don’t frequent feeders there was one in the grass below:
Our complete species list: double-crested cormorant, mallard, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal.. (18 species)
Some park scenes:
This morning’s group:
While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels. – The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac