In the late morning we got excited when we came across a flock of about 120 bohemian waxwings.
I had read on the list server, it was Mike Hendricks our group leader who had posted it, that there had been a flock of around 500 of the waxwings down on Park Point the week prior to the count. So I was hoping that we would see some and that I would get some pics.
But waxwings are very nomadic and go where the berries are.
Large flocks usually strip the trees of their fruit fairly quickly and then they move on.This group was working on a mountain ash that was in some ones front yard in a residential area.The fun thing to watch though was after they ate some berries they would go to a neighboring pine tree for a drink of snow.I could have sat and watched them eat the snow all day but we had a job to do and so we moved on.Some of the more interesting species that our group spotted were a boreal chickadee, great gray owl, and a coopers hawk. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of these.
We finished our area at around 3:00-3:30 so I headed off to check in at my hotel but on the way there I checked out the channel under the lift bridge. In the channel was a large flock of common goldeneye.So I took some pics until the sun set.I finally went to my hotel and checked in after it got dark. When I got to my room I shed all my extra layers of winter clothing and laid down on the bed. I woke up 3 hours later. Unfortunately it was too late for me to make the compilation dinner but from the information that I received there was a total of 55 species counted which is one less then the average of 56. The slow birding was prolly due to the weather which has been colder, with more snow, then in recent years.