If the ponds were not frozen, I had planned to start the New Year looking for uncommon waterfowl in my area. I no sooner got a little ways out of town and saw my first bird of 2014 sitting on a telephone pole.
The ponds were frozen and hunters are still hunting through January 5, so I headed to Irwin Park in Edinburgh. The park was closed to vehicle traffic because the high water was still inside the levee but was now frozen. So I parked outside and walked the levee loop. What a productive walk. I had all the woodpeckers less Hairy.
Both kinglets, a 2nd or 3rd year Bald Eagle, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Brown Creeper, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
I was glad to see the sapsucker since I only saw two in the county last year and real glad to see the Sharp-shinned Hawk after only seeing one last year. In fact the hawk is on my “B” list of birds – birds I should see in the county but not sure I will.
I then decided to drive home looking for Rough-legged Hawks or Snowy Owls – no luck on either one. But I did see a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, and a female Northern Harrier. Another bird I only saw a couple of times last year.
So the day started out good and continued all the way to the home.