Wow! I wasn’t sure I’d even make it to the park today. Luckily, the snow finally petered out around 2pm, and the winds even let up, so I finally ventured in. No sense trying to take a picture of blowing snow, eh?
The big raft of mallards was in their usual spot on the upper river, and they were joined by the pair of buffleheads, a couple of female common mergansers, and these two goldeneyes. After all this time, I sure was surprised to learn that they have necks! Who knew, right?
After that revelation, I headed over to the pond, were I caught a nice image of a potential mate for yesterday’s female northern cardinal….
finally a decent chickadee picture….
And this little cutie, that I’m gonna say is a swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) based on the generally brown complexion and the dark and intricate face coloration. Your mileage may vary.