Bright, sunny and cold – a proper winter’s day at last but still no snow. The plants are going to suffer without that blanket over them.

Garden birds have been a little more numerous today (RBNU, WBNU, MODO, BCCH, AMCR, DEJU) …..that is until this Sharp-shinned Hawk, albeit a youngster, came looking for a packed lunch. The first House Sparrow appeared in the garden this year too.

Later in the day walking down a nearby road we had the pleasure of a Cooper’s Hawk similarly cruising the neighbourhood. no wonder small birds are looking twitchy these days.

13 days into the year, the list stands at 31 species of which 18 have also appeared on the garden list. Not a winning position but respectable. What I need are some owls ……… anyway, the list so far comprises :

Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Blue Jay
American Crow
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Purple Finch
House Finch
House Sparrow