Winter birds in Heritage State Park

(c) Greg Saulmon 2012

I went to Heritage State Park this morning to check on the Kinglet. It’s still there, hopping around in the pine trees.

While the Kinglet is most likely a migrant who won’t stick around too much longer, the park’s population of winter birds is starting to arrive. A small flock of Cedar Waxwings showed up in the park this morning, perching atop a maple tree. They took turns swooping down to grab berries from a tree that was also full of Robins and Starlings.

Also taking advantage of the park’s food supply was this American Goldfinch:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2012

Several House Finches were also feeding in the same tree:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2012

And, we’ll be seeing the Dark-eyed Juncos for the next several months:

(c) Greg Saulmon

A final highlight: I saw both of the adult Red-tailed Hawks from the Race Street nest. They were hunting over High Street and roosting on City Hall. I’d seen the male a few times over the past few weeks, but it’s been a few months since I’ve seen the female. The fact that they’re both still in the area makes me think they’ll return to nest on the fire escape again this year — but, we’ll find out for sure later this winter.

(c) Greg Saulmon




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