After a successful day yesterday, finding lots of bald eagles, I was not hoping for much today, but in just an hour and a half at Marine Park I saw 21 species, 1 of which being a lifer, and of all 21 species, 4 were a few different types of raptors.
Today was much warmer than yesterday, but grey skies threatened with snow, which it did end up snowing when I left. Much of the water was frozen, with a few open spots that almost all had waterfowl in. The raptors were all actively hunting, smaller birds were foraging in secret, trying not to be spotted, and the waterfowl were busy flying in or moving out to another area.
|Savannah sparrows, song sparrows, and some American tree sparrows laid low in the grasses to hide and feed.|
|An American tree sparrow cautiously comes out onto the trail.|
|Gangway! Comin' through! Canadian geese make a splash into one of the few areas of open water.|
|Almost didn't see this killdeer and its conspecific until I heard them give their "Deer-deer-deer" call.|