It was cold and breezy this morning, but the sunshine was bright. I headed over to Lake Monocan to see if the ducks were still there, but they were already gone (9:10 a.m.). I heard at least two Pine Warblers in the small pine forest, and the usual winter birds were out. When I got to Sawmill Creek pond #6, there were three Ring-necked Ducks in the pond, a male and two females. The three Ring-necked Ducks I had seen in Lake Monocan the afternoon before were two males and one female, so all of these ducks may have been new ones.
I continued my hike and ended up with 22 species for the morning. One of our Red-shouldered Hawks landed in a tree in our back yard.
Mid-to late afternoon I added four more species; a Belted Kingfisher on Lake Monocan, a Brown Creeper in my backyard, a Yellow-rumped Warbler in the pine forest, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near Sawmill Creek pond #6.
Today's list: (26 species)