Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 11/24/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The temperature was in the low 20s early this morning, and combined with strong northerly winds, the wind chill was in the teens. We saw a large reddish-brown fox in our back yard soon after sunrise, and birds were emptying the sunflower seeds from our feeder.

It warmed up to about 30 degrees early this afternoon, and I decided to take a hike here in Stoney Creek to see what the strong winds might have blown our way. As soon as I got to Lake Monocan, I saw a lone Double-crested Cormorant in the lake, and then I saw a Bald Eagle circling above the lake looking down for a possible meal. Neither of these birds stayed around for very long. As I hiked past Sawmill Creek pond #3, a Great Blue Heron took off and landed not too far away on the adjacent bank.

Between the birds at my feeder this morning and those seen on the hike, I ended up with 20 species for the day.


Double-crested Cormorant


Double-crested Cormorant


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron

Today's list:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch


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