It was below freezing when I ventured out this morning. At least the muddy path through the Western Park wetlands was frozen, so I could hike through there. There was light frost on the vegetation, and I ended up with 20+ avian species. I seem to be lucky seeing Winter Wrens lately.
Red-bellied Woodpecker; Pileated Woodpecker; Northern Flicker
When I got to the golf course pond, I got a distant view of a small bird at the pond edge. I can't tell if it was a shorebird or a Mourning Dove.
Shorebird or Mourning Dove?
The highlight of the morning for me was my Old Trail avian species # 140 - a Common Merganser. This appeared to be an immature bird, as it still had a white patch below its eye in addition to a white chin. Compare this bird with a photo I took last July in Alaska with an adult female Common Merganser and her chicks.
Common Merganser; Alaska, July 2019