A brief wave of warmer weather brought in some waterfowl and even some AMERICAN ROBINS and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS that appeared to be migrants, rather than the wintering birds. However spring was shut down again by snow and cold by the end of the period.
MALLARD – the first report was one on 22 Feb, building to 20 by 24 Feb and two the next day but none since.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – small numbers seen near the Salt Pt. lighthouse through the week peaking at 16 on 22-23 Feb.
COMMON GOLDENEYE – 300 seen off Calf Pasture on 23 Feb was a good count suggesting some migrants might have augmented the wintering birds.
NORTHERN HARRIER – a male seen on Huff Rd. (just NW of the Park gate) on 24 Feb was most likely a returning migrant since none have been seen for several months.
SONG SPARROW – the wintering bird at the Birdhouse Nature Store broke into a “drunken” version of song on 26 Feb.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – three birds were reported from Bayshore Rd feeders this week.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – A few birds have been wintering in the area but there was clearly an influx with the warm weather. First migrants was one on 23 Feb, three the next day and building to 27 by 27 Feb.
HOUSE SPARROW – last and least was a HOUSE SPARROW at a Bayshore Rd feeder on 23 Feb – the first in the Park in months.