Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 11/28/10

Yesterday's cold front and strong winds moved through the area, and we awoke to temperatures in the low 20's, bright sunny skies, and no wind. I thought that the birds who were hunkered down yesterday would be out looking for food, and hoped that the wind might have blown some migrating waterfowl our way.

I started off at Sawmill Creek Pond #3, and saw a Great Blue Heron hiding at the water's edge at the other side of the pond.

Great Blue Heron

As I got to Lake Monocan, I could see four Hooded Mergansers in the lake, but they flew away soon after they saw me. There was a second Great Blue Heron fishing from the dock - I have seen Great Blue Herons fishing in Lake Monocan many times, but never from the dock. After a while, the heron flew to the water's edge across the lake, and a male Kingfisher flew from the heron's spot back to the dock and landed on the roof of the rental building.

Hooded Mergansers

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

male Kingfisher

I have heard of geting all your ducks in a line, but geese??

I tried a few more favorite spots in Stoney Creek - saw lots of small birds: Bluebirds, Titmice, Chickadees, Crows, Cardinals, Song and White-throated Sparrows, Juncos, Mourning Doves, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and I heard a Red-tailed Hawk in the distance. There were four woodpecker species in our back yard: Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and Pileated.

Hairy Woodpecker

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