Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cold Front

This morning my neighbor Steven McDonald and I birded most of Lake Creek Trail starting at the new Braes Valley parking lot. At 7:30 the birds were singing like crazy. We found 47 species, including 2 birds I have not seen since 2008: a single Brown Thrasher and a single Chipping Sparrow, both spotted by Steven near the end of Holbrook Street. For the past couple winters I have usually been able to find Chipping Sparrows in this area, but not this winter. We worked our way down the trail to the last dam. On the creek we found Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and 1 Belted Kingfisher. We were rained on a bit around 8:45 and by 9:30 the cold front arrived in full force. The north wind kicked up and the temperature dropped 15 or 20 degrees. We had a long, cold walk through the T&C playing fields back to the Braes Valley parking lot!

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