Today being the first full day of winter, thought we'd get out and see what was around.
did a quick run up along the road....you can see that water levels are still higher than they should be, but are going down. There wasn't much in the way of birds along here, could see Swans way out and there were a few Hooded Merganser and that was about it.
drove over to Kilby and Harrison Bay and were thrilled to have the place completely to ourselves. That doesn't happen very often. The campground is open all winter and we've noticed a lot of people come out for a picnic, having a campfire and just enjoying the day.
This Bald Eagle was perched right over head when we parked the car, and was still there when we left.
There were a lot of Scaup ducks out on the water, whether Lesser or Greater I really don't know. A trio of Double-crested Cormorant flew by but didn't manage a photo.
here we are looking up the Harrison River....a lot more water and a lot less beach than there was this time last year!
Went up on the dike ....
and were thrilled to see that the gate that is usually locked across it was wide open, so we were able to walk further than we ever have before.
saw a number of Song Sparrows.....
quite a few eagles perched in trees all along the edge of the river, including this juvenile...
this Loon, I think a Common but am wondering about that now I look at it....was on the river at the point we turned around.
in another spot there were this group of Mallards, swimming in formation.
When we got back to the parking area it was one of those times when there were so many birds of so many types it was impossible to take them all in....
this Black-cap Chickadee was the only one I barely managed to capture....other species seen were Junco, Steller's Jay, Varied Thrush, Red-wing Blackbirds, Starling, a Hairy Woodpecker, a couple of Northern Flicker and who knows what else!