I decided to just walk, the subway was definitely not worth it. I made it over to the pond just fine, although getting down the stairs at the 6th Ave entrance was pretty dicey. It was really more of a controlled slide.
I had a few really beautiful hawk fly-overs, but only saw one perched far away (in Hallett) and briefly.
I eventually made it over to the oven (it wasn't easy with the paths like this) and it was jsut quiet, quiet, quiet. Very few people had been there, I had to step in virgin snow. I thought I heard something really interesting, but then realized it was the trees moving, with the weight of the snow and them rubbing against each other unusually, it made quite a sound!
The chickadees were everywhere! And quite non-shy. A few of them came right over, seeing if I brought them any more seed, maybe something different from what the feeders offered. You know, just to check. One or two actually flew over to me, face-height, looked at me briefly, and then went on. Do they actually recognize people who feed them often? Of course the people claim this, but it seemed a bit of a stretch to me. This would be an awesome research project!
And there was one house finch, making a brief shy appearance and refusing to allow the %@## camera to focus on him. Which is completely consistent - I don't think I have any decent pictures of a house finch at all yet.
There was a showdown between the redbelly and the downy over the coconut feeder. The redbelly won.
As I as going, I heard a squirrel alarm call, so I found the squirrel and started looking around. Didn't see anything to be alarmed about, and the birds were all just happy as could be. Then in came a Cooper's hawk! Thanks, squirrel! Because of the snow I couldn't get a decent sight-line for a picture, but it was great to see him.
From there I pretty much started walking back. Even with the toasty toes and all of my gear, three hours in the snow was enough!