It's mid January, and I haven't done much birding or hiking so far this year at all! I thought I'd work on my bird list a bit, so I wanted to check out Sudbury Reservoir in a couple different places. I stopped at White Bagley Road, Parkerville Road and Middle Road. I saw the following birds:
Belted Kingfisher (heard only)
Afterwards, the sun came out and I walked at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, where I also saw:
Each January, the bird lists are wiped clean, and every bird species is a "first" again. Usually I go out on January 1st, but this year, I had company, so today was my first foray out into nature. I went over to Westboro and checked out several locations. I didn't manage to see many birds, but it was a start. The year stretches ahead. No sense trying to get them all the first weekend!
I did see the following baker's dozen, all typical species of this time of year:
using its feet to cling to the branch and hold a morsel of food at the same time
Puffed up for warmth. Winter temps are finally here.
We had freezing rain which left everything a mess. There was a hard layer of ice on top of everything, making walking dangerous unless you have the appropriate gear. I knew this was a perfect day for microspikes. As soon as the sun started hitting the icy trees, I ran out of the house.
First stop: Hopkinton State Park. The sun had been up for at least an hour and was shining through a glittering forest and highlighting the treetops against the blue sky. My photos don't do it justice. It was stunning.
As it turned out, the forest was not the best place to be, because that sun hitting all that ice created a rain shower under the canopy. That makes it impossible to get nice photos and protect the camera, so I decided to head over to BHCL before everything melted off and enjoy what I hoped would be icy meadows.