Still the depths of winter, but already the days are getting
Temperatures may be cold, and there’s still a lot of rain, but
many of our resident birds begin to sing. They are already
hopeful for spring.
While Cackling Geese seem to land less often in the park than in
November and December, they are often still flying around.
Greater White-fronted Geese, and even occasional Snow Geese are
possible, as are swans. Other waterbirds are also around,
including Common Loons, as many as four species of grebe,
Double-crested Cormorants, and American Coots.
This month is the best month for spotting Dunlin, a small
shorebird, flying in their synchronized flocks, overhead or over
the lake. As they bank and turn, the flock will alternately appear
dark, and then flash to white.
There are seven species of sparrow commonly seen in the winter
–Fox, Song, Lincoln’s, White-crowned, and Golden-crowned Sparrows,
as well as Dark-eyed Junco and Spotted Towhee. White-throated
Sparrows may turn up amongst flocks of Golden-crowned Sparrows.
Even more uncommonly, Savannah Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows
and Swamp Sparrows may be present.
Rare birds for January have included Tundra Swans, Eurasian
Wigeon, Long-eared Owl, Swamp Sparrow, and Common Redpoll.
Long-eared Owl, 2011-01-20
American Tree Sparrow, 2009-01-29. Photo by Ryan
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