It was a chilly -5º this morning when I left the house and the sky quickly turned overcast.
I decided to hike over to the weir to see what was at the river and then made my way back through Cosmopolitan Park.
Here is what I saw :
Common Goldeneye - 9 south of the CN Bridge , and another 15 north up the river.
American Coot - 1 near Goose Island
Mallard - 45+
Canada Goose - 175
Cackling Goose - 12
Black-billed Magpie - 7
Blue Jay - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 30 on a sandbar south of Goose Island
Northern Shrike - 1 feeding juvenile at Cosmopolitan Park.
Great Horned Owl - 1 just north of the railway bridge
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Common Redpoll - 30+
Black-capped Chickadee - 11
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
House Finch - 4
House Sparrow - 15
Snowshoe Hare - 1 pure white rabbit at Cosmo Park
Muskrat - 1 swimming on the river
Here are 3 photos taken today. Unfortunately, they suffer from poor light, and obstructive branches, but I was extremely happy to find both of these species ,as they are both new finds for me along the river on my usual route :
Northern Shrike - This 1st winter bird was busy eating its meal when I found him..
Great Horned Owl - I spotted this Owl from quite a distance away and got off this shot before it decided to fly onto the west side of the river..