|Brown-headed Cowbird, New Egypt|
|Ring-necked Pheasant, New Egypt|
The farmer was busy dumping vegetables for the cattle to eat with a front-loader so I didn't want to be too much in the way. As I was driving back on Inman, I looked up in the dead tree there, where often an eagle is found and saw much smaller raptor. I was looking directly into the sun through the windshield. I got out and found an angle where I could get a look at the bird without destroying my retinas and decided that it was not a Merlin but rather a Sharp-shinned Hawk. When I walked back to my car I saw that a white Helmeted Guineafowl was inspecting my door handle. I didn't count it.
I then decided to to head down toward the bay, thinking I might put together enough short walks to equal one of my regular ones. At Bamber Lake I was surprised to see find some open water and even more surprised to find around 80 Tundra Swans on the ice in the water, swimming with a big flock of geese. There was also a separate draw of water that had a big group of Ring-necked Ducks with some Hooded Mergansers mixed in. Unfortunately, no Merlins or sapsuckers there, the birds I was kinda sorta looking for.
|42 Tundra Swans by my count on the ice of Bamber Lake|
|Greater Yellowlegs, Poplar Street Boat Launch|
It turns out I was wrong, because the pond and creek were mostly open and in that little spot I had two more yellowlegs, more Mallards, black ducks, hoodies, and 2 Pied-billed Grebes as well as a Belted Kingfisher.
|Greater Yellowlegs, Enos Pond|
|Pied-billed Grebe, Enos Pond|