I’ve been to the Portage several times lately, and that includes a few times since these photographs which were taken November 26 and 28. I managed to get a few pictures of an American Tree Sparrow, which was my main motivation to go out into the cold the second day. I will likely see more of this species in the coming weeks.In fact I saw three this morning. But it’s also been relatively quiet at the Portage lately.
For whatever reason it was harder to get the bird posing below in focus than the one mired in the stalks.
The usual cast of characters were present on one or both days. I was fortunate enough to have four woodpecker species on the first day: Red-bellied, Downy, Northern Flicker and Hairy.
What’s really interesting about the photos below is that I didn’t realize until I started processing them that next to the Flicker on a separate branch was an Orange-Crowned Warbler. I enlarged the image of the warbler below.
This is Dark-eyed Junco season. I have been encountering flocks usually foraging on the path, along with Northern Cardinals.
There are still some American Goldfinches about all though not as many as I was seeing a couple weeks ago.
It’s always a nice surprise to see a Brown Creeper.
Here’s what the Portage was looking like on those cold, cloudy days.
I think the Fox Sparrow below is the last one I have seen.
There have been one or two Red-tailed Hawks every time I have gone to this location. Sometimes I only hear the hawk, but usually if I am still around by 10:00 I get to see one. This is a particularly dark-colored individual.
More washed-out Portage pics.
I usually see or hear at least one White-breasted Nuthatch.
I hope to be back sooner than later. It’s getting harder and harder to pack a full day into the space of reduced daylight. I have been living with birds for a long time, but now that I spend even more time with them, the consequence could be thinking more and more like a bird!
Well, yes indeed the variety of birds is limited at this time. I like your shots of woodpeckers.They always seem to be prevalent regardless of the season. American tree sparrows mean the onset of winter for me, even more so than the return of the juncos. Winter walks get a little colder and more overcast at this time of the year. But, you never know what you might see. Thanks for sharing your pictures and insights.
Thanks for your comments and insights, Bob. At this point I think I’m going more for the walks than the birds, but like you said, you never know what you might see.
The Portage may be washed out but there is plenty of life there.
As long as I can locate the flock…there’s something going on somewhere.
Wonderful sightings and shots!
Thanks, Donna! It’s funny how during the winter when I really can’t expect to see anything the birds that do show up really stand out.