Well the weather turned bitter cold again just in time for our second winter walk. Hello, layers! :-) I tricked myself out, wearing as many clothes as somewhat reasonable, toasty toes, and loading up pockets instead of carrying a bag. By the time I made it outside I was already sort of hot, but that didn't last.
At the little open water on the lake there was one motlely-looking northern shoveler, a male, no females and none of the gorgeous males that were there a couple of days ago. Also no hawk. Oh well!
Met the group, and Paul decided to try for the thrush again, since we had some new people with us, instead of heading all the way down to the pond. We went by and visited the shoveler, who was tucked in and quite inconspicuous. We also saw a song sparrow there, in the hordes of house sparrows and white-throated sparrows.
There were of course tufted titmice (titmouses?) everywhere, and many black-capped chickadees. However they did not pose.
We went from there up to the castle and then the reservoir, just to check things out, and saw a few woodpeckers and robins and not much else. A couple of male red-wing blackbirds, so the ladies we saw last week are finally getting some good company. The reservoir was almost completely frozen over, just a teeny patch of open water by the fountain. A few gulls, really not many.
..... a block or two later I saw this red-tail off to the right! Hahahahaha, then he asked for falcons, but I failed to deliver on those. :-)
I love hawk season!