An initial scan of the sky revealed a large flock of double-crested cormorants flying over, headed for Piper Glen. But there were two different birds slowly circling too. A pair of bald eagles right over the Bird House boded well for the remainder of the afternoon.
From a birding standpoint, it is winter now. Migrants have for the most part passed through and are gone. Winter residents have arrived, and the afternoon’s checklist reflected this.
And the day ended just as it began. Nestled in with a flock of chickadees and kinglets was an orange-crowned warbler. This species is an uncommon winter resident in our area, easily overlooked by casual birders. Our individual was especially curious and gave great looks. It was even a Life-Bird for one participant. It is always a good birding day when you add to your Life- List.