There was a decent amount of open water at the park, which contained 6 Hooded Mergansers and 1 Common Loon. I searched the rest of the open water in the park and there was no sign of waterfowl. I didn't see the Bald Eagles either.
|Hooded Mergansers (BESP 1/5/2011)|
American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were very numerous throughout the park. I hiked the Butterfly Trail and found a lone Song Sparrow, a few White-throated Sparrows, a flyover flock of Cedar Waxwings, and heard a Ruffed Grouse drumming.
|White-throated Sparrow (BESP 1/5/2011)|
I searched for the Northern Shrike by the main office for about 45 minutes and came up empty. I watched the feeders for a while to look for 2 Pine Siskins that were reported, and came up empty. Below is a list of species observed this morning.
Location: Bald Eagle SP Observation date: 1/5/11 Number of species: 25 Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus 6 Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus 1 Common Loon - Gavia immer 1 Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus 1 Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis 2 Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus 1 Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 4 Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus 2 Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata 10 American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos 10 Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus 15 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) - Sitta carolinensis carolinensis 1 Eastern Bluebird - Sialia sialis 6 American Robin - Turdus migratorius 1 Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos 1 Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum 8 American Tree Sparrow - Spizella arborea 2 Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia 1 White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis 14 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) - Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis 6 Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 5 House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus 10 American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 6