A colder December I cannot remember

Bond Lake is 95% iced over. A flock of 22 DC cormorants circled over the lake and then flew off to the south. A GB heron stood one-legged on the ice in the middle of the lake along with a ring-billed gull. It’s been a very cold December with two snow “events” so far and another on the way tonight. I can’t remember a colder December. Birds have been relying heavily on my backyard feeders.
Stay warm, everybody.
Eddie Owens
Cary NC
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    12/18/10
Notes:    Lake 95% iced over. Two snow events this December already and another on the way tonight. This is the coldest December in years.
Number of species:    31

Canada Goose    21
Mallard    20
Double-crested Cormorant    22    The flock circled over the lake once then flew off.
Great Blue Heron    4    One stood one-legged on the ice in the middle of the lake.
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Killdeer    8    The killdeer love the big open field with the berm near the dam and boat docks.
Ring-billed Gull    3    Gulls mostly overhead but also on the ice.
Mourning Dove    3
Red-bellied Woodpecker    7
Downy Woodpecker    4
Northern Flicker    4
Blue Jay    5
American Crow    8
Carolina Chickadee    12
Tufted Titmouse    12
White-breasted Nuthatch    7
Brown-headed Nuthatch    5
Carolina Wren    21
Golden-crowned Kinglet    3
Eastern Bluebird    7
Hermit Thrush    3    Was surprised to find this many. Usually only one is sighted.
American Robin    29    Robins were flocking in the same trees as the starlings.
Northern Mockingbird    2
European Starling    43    Starlings were amassing in the trees along with flocks of robins.
Yellow-rumped Warbler    2
Eastern Towhee    2
White-throated Sparrow    5
Dark-eyed Junco    11
Northern Cardinal    29
House Finch    10
American Goldfinch    7


About birdingatbond

I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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