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Red-bellied Woodpecker and dozens of Robins at Lambton Woods: January 28, 2020

A perfect day for a winter walk. Not too cold (-1 degree) and no wind though it was overcast.

We had 19 bird species including this Red-bellied Woodpecker:

Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

There were many robins and we even heard one singing; unusual for January.

American Robin
American Robin
American Robin

They were feeding on Cork Tree berries.

Unfortunately we did find this one.

American Robin


Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, common merganser, common goldeneye,  mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal,  American goldfinch, house finch. (19 species)

American Black Duck (male)
Mallards

I heard my first singing cardinal of 2020.

Northern Cardinals
European Starlings
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Blue Jay
House Sparrow (male) and Cardinal (female)
Common Merganser (female)
Common Merganser (male)
Canada Geese
Canada Geese

This emerging Skunk-cabbage is a very early sign of spring:

Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Some wonderfully named Witch’s Butter Slime:

Witch’s Butter Slime

Park Scenes:

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

January is here,
With eyes that keenly glow—
A frost-mailed warrior striding
A shadowy steed of snow.         – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)

Miles Hearn