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Dawn and a Mockingbird at Humber Bay: January 22, 2022

In our area, on January 22, twilight begins at 7:11:57 am and sunrise is at 7:41:34 am. Sunrise is now about 5 minutes earlier than it was on December 21 – the shortest day of the year.

I was at Humber Bay well ahead of our 8 am walk and took these photos:

There are a great many Oriental Bittersweet vines at Humber Bay.

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

The supply of orange berries enables several mockingbirds to winter here. I photographed one this morning.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Sumac fruit is another abundant food source.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Other birds:

House Sparrow (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Canada Geese
Bufflehead (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup
Greater Scaup and Bufflehead (male)
Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup
Mute Swan
Greater Scaup and Buffleheads
Mute Swans
two Greater Scaup (female). The head shape of the farthest bird indicates that this is a female Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Mute Swan

This morning’s group:

MAILBOX

Hey Miles, today I grabbed a few photos of you with your camera and the skyline as a backdrop. They’re just from my camera phone so they’re not extremely hi-resolution, but I thought I’d share!

NATURE POETRY

Let us walk in the white snow
In a soundless space;
With footsteps quiet and slow,
At a tranquil pace,
Under veils of white lace.             – Elinor Wylie (1885–1928)

Miles Hearn