American Pipit at the dam

I was showing Michael and Stephanie some of my favorite birding spots in the park and had just left them when, at the dam, I saw a bird I knew would be a life bird. A closer look revealed the walking preference of this bird, and its constant tail bobbing. The bird walked, not hopped, somewhat aimlessly it seemed, from one tuft of grass to another along the steep bank, around clumps of snow, and down to the mudflats at the bottom of the dam. A couple of joggers ran by and up it flew, calling in flight, and landed a little way down the dam. I watched this bird for an hour.
Earlier, Michael, Stephanie, and I found a yellow-bellied sapsucker on a maple tree and noticed that the tree was oozing sap in several places, creating two-to-three-foot long wet splotches along the bark.
I’ve noticed the cardinals and titmice are singing more now.
There was more ice on the lake today, but warmer temps are on the way!
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    12/28/10
Notes:    Still snow on the ground in many places
Number of species:    31

Canada Goose    20
Mallard    14
Hooded Merganser    1
Great Blue Heron    2
Turkey Vulture    1
Killdeer    6
Ring-billed Gull    12
Mourning Dove    3
Red-bellied Woodpecker    5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1
Downy Woodpecker    5
Northern Flicker    3
Blue Jay    2
American Crow    6
Carolina Chickadee    11
Tufted Titmouse    12
White-breasted Nuthatch    6
Brown-headed Nuthatch    2
Carolina Wren    8
Eastern Bluebird    2
American Robin    2
Northern Mockingbird    2
American Pipit    1    Walking among tufts of grass & patches of snow, constantly bobbing tail.
Yellow-rumped Warbler    15
Eastern Towhee    2
Song Sparrow    9
White-throated Sparrow    3
Dark-eyed Junco    3
Northern Cardinal    14
House Finch    2
American Goldfinch    9

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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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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