Even with 31 species recorded,several birds were quality species. The group found the four SNOW GEESE along the ballfields northern snow fence ( appropriately); the poor things looked frigid, immovable even as we approached the fence.
A scan of Upper Pool found a large CANADA GOOSE flock,most them heads tucked in,half asleep with wary eyes towards us,trying to forget it's really cold. However the lack there of,a pair of WOOD DUCKS snuggled in the corner,alert when we passed by.
After a quiet Ravine,the northeast corner of the Nethermead came through with hot,well warm action.In the corner the iconic Osage Orange tree stands,BROWN CREEPER,YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER,MERLIN & RED TAILED HAWK were spotted. At Center Drive's hard curve,the large important Sweetgum tree above and ground level attracted MOURNING DOVE,WHITE THROATED SPARROWS,DARK EYED JUNCOS & RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
The feeders continued to remain below average observing but it's the new year and there's hope. House Finches remain dominant.
Along the way as the group dissipated,a few more winter hardies. HERMIT THRUSH,SWAMP SPARROW & RED BELLIED WOODPECKER added to our burgeoning new year list.
The first day of the year is not about starting off a big year,or trying to get a head start .It's about appreciating life, reinvigorating old and creating new acquaintances, and being glad we made it to another year. It's important to not get stressed out chasing stuff but rather enjoy the fun part of birding and the discoveries we will make while we experience the joy of birding with friends new and old alike.
Happy New Year to all and the best of 2018 to you.
Thanks Chris Laskowski compiling list