Fish crow at Bond Lake!

It was 23 degrees this morning when I began the trek over the hard-crackle path around the lake. There were a few treacherous spots where I nearly lost it, but luckily no falls. Counted 34 species in 3 hours.

A YB sapsucker landed in a tree beside me and offered close looks at its sure-enough yellow belly. A RS hawk glided in for a careful landing on a snag in the bog. The wind blew hard and vultures were riding it fast. Hooded mergansers  integrated with  mallards this morning near the dam where the water was not frozen. A chipping sparrow foraged under a pine with a couple of song sparrows (behind the senior center). And a fish crow surprised my ears as it flew over the tops of pines at the southern end of the lake.

I had hoped I might see pine siskins or purple finches but no luck there.

Eddie Owens
Cary NC

Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    12/27/10
Notes:    Snow & ice birding. It was 23 degrees starting out. 50% of Bond Lake was iced over.
Number of species:    34
Canada Goose    29
Mallard    36
Hooded Merganser    9
Great Blue Heron    1
Black Vulture    2
Turkey Vulture    1
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Killdeer    6
Ring-billed Gull    31
Mourning Dove    2
Red-bellied Woodpecker    9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    2
Downy Woodpecker    4
Hairy Woodpecker    1
American Crow    10
Fish Crow    1    I was quite surprised to hear this one.
Carolina Chickadee    23
Tufted Titmouse    17
White-breasted Nuthatch    8
Brown-headed Nuthatch    5
Carolina Wren    21
Eastern Bluebird    11
Northern Mockingbird    1
Brown Thrasher    1
Yellow-rumped Warbler    11
Pine Warbler    4
Eastern Towhee    3
Chipping Sparrow    1
Song Sparrow    3
White-throated Sparrow    4
Dark-eyed Junco    4
Northern Cardinal    13
House Finch    18
American Goldfinch    5

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