I had time for a quick hike this afternoon. There wasn't a lot to see, but there were three female ducks in the golf course pond.
Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck
Old Trail; December 17
The temperature was in the low to mid-40s, and there was lots of fog, but the winds were calm. I hiked here in Old Trail and ended up with a few surprises. I started off in Western Park, and saw a female Red-winged Blackbird, At the north end of the soccer field, I saw a few White-crowned Sparrows. I haven't seen this species there for several weeks, and had suspected that House Sparrows had moved to that area and drove the White-crowned Sparrows away. All of the House Sparrows seem to have returned to the Lodge area, and perhaps the White-crowned Sparrows have returned.
I saw two woodpecker species in Western Park, and two more along the golf course pond.
Red-bellied Woodpecker; Yellow-bellied sapsucker; Downy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker
Near the end of my hike, I saw my 23rd avian species of the morning, another Winter Wren, and once again, this one was very cooperative.