Road to hell, and all that. I did say it might be hard to stay motivated on a steady diet of Juncos, Starlings, and squirrels.
The good news is I’m de-slinged, starting PT and newly mobile! I can almost hold my binocs two-handed! The bad news is after a long mild run-up to winter, it’s finally gotten cold (though still not snowy) and the lakes have at last frozen over. So I missed the lingering migrating waterfowl. But I can start going on field trips again, huzzay!
Dark-eyed Juncos remain consistently FBotD, with the exception of a Downy Woodpecker one morning. Goldfinches have begun to arrive in flocks of a dozen to twenty. I’m scanning them carefully for Pine Siskins which are starting to show up just north of here. I still hold out hope of seeing a Snowy Owl in this irruption season. If nothing else, one has been consistently hanging out at a shopping mall in Ithaca, so maybe I can negotiate a side trip when we bring Will back to school.
Even though Eastern Bluebirds are year-round residents, in my mind I associate them with spring and apple blossom, so it’s always a sweet surprise to see a flock in the dead of winter. After the dreadful ice storm of December 2008 Randall photographed bluebirds foraging among frozen berries.
I’d like to think my first Robins of the year are a sign of spring but that’s going beyond optimism to delusion.
Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tree Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebird, House Sparrow, House Finch, Song Sparrow, American Robin.
22 species, 2 new for the year.