Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ground Hog Day

Today is Ground Hog Day and apparently most of the ground hog predictors are saying it is going to be an early spring – I would say that given the bird activity today…our birds would agree.

Fox Sparrow in the bush

Right at the start of the walk there were very vocal Fox Sparrows – this is the same general area I saw the pair of them a few days ago…

Red-wing Blackbird

there were male Red-wing Blackbirds scattered though out the underbrush from one end of the park to the other…this, being down in the bushes, is more of a spring time activity…

House Finch

House Finch were singing, as were Song Sparrows, and Towhee were calling.


there were a pair of Northern Flickers in the area of the log bay…


which was a hub of activity, at least in the underbrush, which is gradually emerging and straightening up after being weighted down with snow.  Not much on the water, just some Mallard – no sign of the Tundra Swan today…

Golden-crowned Kinglet

a lot of Golden-crowned Kinglets as well.  When a Ruby-crowned shows up we’ll know that spring is really on it’s way!  I also saw the very first pussy-willows today.  They were so small I didn’t attempt a picture.  I haven’t seen or heard a Robin today, but there was one singing yesterday morning – I forgot to mention that yesterday.

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