I was hoping Santa would bring me some nice birds for Christmas, along with the sunny, cold weather. I went to Jonas Green Park, Greenbury Point and Truxtun Park and found a flock of noisy nuthatches and later headed to Sandy Point, which was oddly barren. Santa wasn’t much help, but I did get a few decent images.
Red Winged Blackbirds are year-round residents.
This is a female.
I began looking (And listening) for birds at one end of the footbridge and realized I was hearing a lot of White Breasted Nuthatches. It’s hard to count them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were 10 or so, all chattering away and flying from tree to tree in search of food. I’ve never seen them gather like that before.
I’ve found several cooperative Song Sparrows at Jonas Green Park.
Small flocks of Dark Eyed Juncos are in most places I go.
This Blue Jay got my attention with a strange, single note call I’ve never heard before.
I followed this Downy Woodpecker around for a while, trying to get a better shot.
This Great Blue Heron can often be found near the boat ramp at Possum Point.
This Ring Billed Gull seems quite well acclimated to humans.