Happy New Year, my little (snow)flakes!
I'm not one for big-time listing, but the day was so gorgeous I had to go out and begin the New Year with some nice birds.
I was sitting at Armleder, trying to get up the nerve to brave the cold when Kathi called. She just happened to be coming down to Armleder from the CNC, so I waited. It's always nicer to bird with a buddy.
My first bird of 2009 was a goldfinch at our feeders, but I was anxious to see my first raptor of the year.
Two marvelous red-tailed hawks wheeling overhead at the park, just as Kathi was pulling in.
Not a Big Deal bird, but beautiful nonetheless.
Second raptor of 2009 was the single Northern Harrier haunting Armleder:
(Another bird I would love to handle...the hawk who thinks it's an owl)
Kathi's dogs waited in the car while we birded...but not before greeting me with exuberance.
Holly! No nose prints on the lens!
Ever see a Rottweiler smile? Grace does it all the time. I do love that dog.
(Song Sparrow, ignoring us...)
A list of what we saw:
(Kathi's first bird of the year? A hooting Great Horned Owl at her house. Stinker.)
No lifers. No Big Deal birds. But a nice walk.