On Christmas Eve, seeing as it wasn't quite as cold as I was used to, I thought I'd walk around my neighborhood and see what I could find.
My biggest surprise was to find a Red-tailed Hawk that flew over the city, heading towards the general direction of the river.
This was a dark-phased bird that looked very similar to the one I saw last December at Holiday Park.
Maybe this will become a tradition and I will see these every December ! :-)
Here are my other findings for the day :
White-breasted Nuthatch - This is not a common bird in our area of town , so I was pleased to see this bird at a front yard feeder fairly close to home.
Hairy Woodpecker - another fairly uncommon bird in our local vicinity.
Downy Woodpecker - 1 male
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) - 3
House Finch - 2 flocks of about 10-15 birds.
Common Raven - 1
House Sparrow - 10-20 in almost every alley I looked.
Here are some photos :