Did I start my last post about the Stroud Preserve off with “Burr?” I should have saved that for today. While the temperature was a few warmer today the wind made it feel much, much colder. Double Burr!
The birdlife was typical with about the winter average of 31 species. The single larges group of birds today was a single flock of about 200 Morning Doves feeding on the ground in one of the plowed fields. The usual species with large numbers, crows and geese, seemed to be somewhere else today.
The first three birds of the day were good ones, Fox, Savannah, and Tree Sparrows. The Savannah may have been the same individual that I saw there on Wednesday as it was in the same general area. More impressive news about this group of sparrows was the number of American Tree Sparrows; 24 in all! That may be the most that I have ever seen in one place at one time. One sparrow that seems to have disappeared with the arrival of the artic weather is Swamp Sparrow. They are usually an easy find along the road between the parking area and the old farm pond, however, I have not observed one since 15 December.
The number of American Tree Sparrows would usually be enough to qualify it for the bird of the day. However, that will have to go to the Ring-billed Gulls as it was only the second time I have seen them at the Preserve. Any gull over the preserve is notable as was also only the 5th observation of a Herring Gull.