Birding and Exercise – To Lowes/Walmart Pond

The weather on Sunday was better than Saturday.  High 30’s and clear with a slight wind.  Great day for a winter’s walk.

So after lunch I went out on another day of walking for exercise to birding locations.  Instead of my usual practice of driving.  Earlier in the morning I had run to the store so I made a quick scouting stop on the way there.  The Lowes-Walmart retaining pond had a small opening with waterfowl and since it had been my initial thought as the destination for my afternoon walk, the open water confirmed it.

I learned today that I don’t think it is always better to walk as Ted Floyd recommends after his Big Day Walk.  http://blog.aba.org/2013/06/the-bare-naked-big-walk.htm  The road from home to the pond is mostly light industrial areas and agriculture fields with lots of cars and no sidewalks.  It would have been hard to hear birds had they been there, but this time of year there aren’t many birds in those area.  I think a better practice might be to bike to some areas and walk to others.

But there was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on territory. One letting me get close.

Red-tailed Hawk letting me get close before flying across a field to it's normal perch. Franklin 011214

Red-tailed Hawk letting me get close before flying across a field to it’s normal perch.
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And a pair of American Kestrels too. But not much else on the walk besides a flock of European Starlings.  The pond was better with 10 Redheads, 10 American Coots, a lone female Hooded Merganser, a few Mallards, and 300+ Canada Geese.  I scanned the geese for a length of time but didn’t see anything like Cackling or White-fronted.

A look Lowes/Walmart pond.  Or is it the Walmart/Lowes pond.  Nothing special except there is open water while all the other local ponds are still frozen. Franklin 011214

A look Lowes/Walmart pond. Or is it the Walmart/Lowes pond? Nothing special except there is open water while all the other local ponds are still frozen.
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So after a half hour scan I started the 3.5 mile walk back home. So on the day 7 miles walked and I was out 2h and 55m.  And yes, my legs were sore at the end today.  Need those new boots and socks…

 

 

 

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