I made a batch of Zick Dough, and all the zick addicts beat a trail to the feeders. Inside of an hour 3 woodpecker species, both nuthatches, jays and all the usual suet eaters cleaned up the tray. The squirrels didn’t even get there in time! I haven’t tried the improved recipe yet, but then I don’t provide it as liberally as many people do. It’s definitely a treat food not a staple.

The wild grapevines climbing over the shed are a natural banquet too, attracting our pair of cardinals every day. I tried a grape — they’ve been sweetened ever so slightly by frost.

We went out to Nassau Lake again in the afternoon. The sun was just dipping below the trees making ID of distant ducks impossible. Closer in, 3 Mute Swans took to the air, their feet and wingtips slapping the water, then circled overhead, the only sound the whistle and thrum of their wings.

Bachelor flocks of Hooded Mergansers cruised and tacked in unison, like a regatta with bold black-and-white spinnakers.

Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Common Crow, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Ring-billed Gull, Common Merganser, Mute Swan.

22 species, 1 new to this list.

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