Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saxtons River Christmas Bird Count

On Saturday December 14th, we had good but really cold weather for our annual Christmas Bird Count. Temps were only 4 degrees when we started out! brrrrrrr!!

 Our first stop was at the seep in Bellows Falls, the water is always warm and filled with ducks, mostly mallards and American blacks. 

Cedar Waxwings were abundant, filling up on all the fruit.

This shot was taken the day before in Walpole when we were scouting out the area. The flock had over 60 birds although none were seen at this spot on Saturday.

Rock Pigeons are always plentiful.

A nice flock of Horned Larks at one of the NH farms.

On the far left is a Lapland Longspur, to the far right is a Snow Bunting, the rest are Horned Larks.

Lots of crows around.

One of my favorite winter birds, the tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet. Here's their story on a blog by Kent McFarland.

Not sure exactly what kind of bird this one is, I may need help with the ID!

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