Half a foot of snow!

I did a little snow-birding around Bond Lake, then around Hoffman Lake (which feeds Bond Lake). Lots of hooded mergansers at both locations, but Hoffman Lake, being smaller, offered better (i.e., closer) views of these little divers. The males were actively vying for female attention, throwing their heads back, thrusting their white chests out of the water, and croaking like frogs. It was my first time witnessing this courtship ritual.

The robins and cedar waxwings seemed bewildered with all the snow, but the yellow-bellied sapsuckers hitched up and around the trunks of the bradford pears with skillful purpose.

I’m guessing we had between 6 and 8 inches of snow, depending on where you measured.

Best birding today was from inside through the kitchen window. Red-winged blackbirds gorged themselves on millet.

Location:    Hoffman Lake
Observation date:    12/26/10
Notes:    Half foot of snow fell overnight
Number of species:    20

Mallard    5
Hooded Merganser    14
Double-crested Cormorant    5
Great Blue Heron    1
Cooper’s Hawk    1
Ring-billed Gull    4
Belted Kingfisher    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    2
Carolina Chickadee    1
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Brown-headed Nuthatch    1
Carolina Wren    1
Eastern Bluebird    2
American Robin    60
European Starling    3
Cedar Waxwing    40
Dark-eyed Junco    10
Northern Cardinal    1
Common Grackle    1

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About birdingatbond

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