Not as cold this morning as anticipated, maybe -5C with a bit if wind but by tomorrow morning we are looking at -25C and with windchill an effect -35C to -40C which will give even hardy souls like us pause for thought before going out. Even with good snowshoes this was a hefty workout, which is good and a lot more fun than the basement treadmill.

This location is about ten minutes from home and a regular place visited by use for winter birds. Nothing exceptional unusual though a single Northern Flicker was not really expected while two Pileated Woodpeckers and good sized group of White-throated Sparrows were greatly enjoyed

Here’s the checklist from the morning.


Protocol: Traveling – 1.349 kilometer(s) walked – 14 species

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 60
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 11
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5

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  • Taken: 2 February, 2023
  • Camera: iPhone 13
  • Focal length: 5.1mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/1.6
  • Exposure bias: -105/256EV
  • Shutter speed: 1/43478s
  • ISO: 40