If you have a bird feeder, you almost certainly have a Cooper’s Hawk who keeps a close eye on it. This is a bird-eating species.
There were many ducks in the harbour on this sunny, -1 degree morning including White-winged Scoters.
Species list: mute swan, mallard, American black duck, lesser scaup, bufflehead, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, Cooper’s hawk, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal. (17 species)
This morning’s group:
The holly! the holly! oh, twine it with bay—
Come give the holly a song;
For it helps to drive stern winter away,
With his garment so sombre and long. – Eliza Cook (1818–89)