Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 3/5-6/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The snow forecast for Sunday night into Monday morning ranged from little or no accumulation to less than one inch. We ended up with about 4 inches of snow, and areas less than 20 miles from our house had as much as 10 inches. By late afternoon, the sun came out and temperatures got into the low 40s, and some of the snow started to melt. I went out to see if any more migrating waterfowl had landed here to get out of the storm. All I saw were a few common avian species, and the three Ring-necked Ducks were still on Sawmill Creek pond #6. A very vocal adult Red-shouldered Hawk was flying high, and a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk was in our back yard again.

Adult Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

It was in the mid-20s when I went out this morning (3/6). The melted snow had frozen into thin layers of ice, and everywhere except for isolated sunny areas had a thin layer of icy snow. Made for crunchy foot steps that alerted birds I was there, but I still mananged to log 25 species. There were seven Ring-necked Ducks in Sawmill Creek pond #3, and the three that had been in pond #6, one male and two females, had moved to Sawmill Creek pond #4.

Ring-necked Ducks in Sawmill Creek pond #3

Carolina Wren

Eastern Bluebird

Downy Woodpecker

Ring-necked Ducks in Sawmill Creek pond #4

Ring-necked Ducks in Sawmill Creek pond #4

This morning's list: (25 species)

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Phoebe
Northen Mockingbird
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
American Crow
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Ring-necked Duck
Canada Goose
Tufted Titmouse
Blue Jay

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