Today I decided to go up to the reservoir, hoping there would be some different types of ducks there. Ha!
And it was quite wintry - the reservoir was almost totally frozen over, and there were no ducks at all, just gulls! Well, to be fair, one crow came over and sat on the edge of the ice. Was it a fish crow? I have no idea. The pictures are not great because it was so far away, and I didn't think it was special enough to backtrack for. So it's just a mystery crow that was on the ice. And i did see a nice pair of hawks circling above and by the buildings on the east side, which was great!
Down to the castle without getting lost (I think that's a first!) where I looked around but didn't see anything except a hawk circling briefly and some very lovely scenery. The turtle pond is just completely frozen and covered, with just a few squirrel tracks. Over to the maintenance shed, to check for the varied thrush.
After going in an accidental circle (I guess the snow threw me) I managed to get to the upper lobe bridge and see another gorgeous yellow-bellied sap sucker. Are they really more vivid now, or was I just not good at seeing them last year? And in the summer, was I seeing mostly juveniles? I don't really quite understand what the difference is, but they look so gorgeous and vivid now.
What a wonderful wintry walk! :-)