I went back to the Lickinghole Creek and Reservoir and the adjacent Crozet Connector Trail, to look for the Northern Flicker with red in its feathers that I saw on November 19. When I left my house, the temperature was in the upper 30s, and I thought that the trails there would not be crowded. I was wrong. There were lots of dog walkers and "walker-talkers," and I only had 22 avian species by the time I got back to my car, and no Flickers. Perhaps when it's 15 to 20 degrees cooler, the trails will be less crowded. As I was driving away, a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew right in front of my car, hood high, and only about 5 feet in front of me, giving me 23 avian species for the day. I got out of my car, saw it for a moment flying through the woods, and then it was gone. I saw a Sharpie near there last April, and wonder if it was the same bird.
Great Blue Heron