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Birdwalk Highlights for 1/6: Winslow Park, Freeport.

We headed over to our favorite winter birding (not)hot spot to see if BARROW'S GOLDENEYES had returned yet, and sure enough, we found two drakes and a hen at the point. It's finally winter!

Waterbirds around the peninsula have increased a little, likely as lakes and ponds are finally freezing. Tallies included 140 BUFFLEHEADS, 49 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 43 CANADA GEESE, 35 HERRING GULLS, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 25 COMMON EIDERS, 25 RING-BILLED GULLS, 19 MALLARDS, 12 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a goodly 10 COMMON LOONS, 6 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 6 SURF SCOTERS, and one HORNED GREBE.

Two BALD EAGLES were spotted, an adult and an immature.

But the landbird numbers continue to be above average for here in winter, perhaps due to the cone crop and/or the lack of snowcover. 13 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and 11 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were signs of a movement of these two species this week, while a single SONG SPARROW was there for the winter no doubt.

About 10 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were observed feeding on Eastern White Pine Cones, while two mixed-species foraging flocks encountered in the woods totaled about 10 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 6 TUFTED TITMICE, 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 DOWNY WOODPECKERS, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and one each of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BROWN CREEPER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

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