But our group of eight were after birds, and they did not disappoint either. Before we even got to where the greenway passes under Elm Lane we had leisurely looks at a great blue heron and an Eastern phoebe.
Pine warblers sing during warm winter days too, and up to four males were doing just that. One came in close to check us out. Pine warblers are our brightest yellow common feeder bird in winter. Other species that gave us close looks were an agitated winter wren, an accommodating hermit thrush, and a bathing cedar waxwing. It is rare to see only one waxwing but that was all there was this day.
We tallied an even thirty species in the 2 hours walk from the store to the cattail marsh, and back. Birds are starting to move again; getting restless as the days warm and lengthen. Every passing week should bring something different to your feeders or your daily walk.