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Birdwalk Highlights for 4/6: Winslow Park, Freeport

Expecting birds to seek open ground as much we wanted to avoid trudging through deep snow, we headed over to Winslow and found the bare ground covered in AMERICAN ROBINS. We conservatively estimated at least 200 throughout the park, joined by a single KILLDEER, 5 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and 5 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.


Later, we found a second flock of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES (total of about 60 this morning) also foraging on the ground, and among them were 3 RED CROSSBILLS! We watched an adult female, a subadult female, and a juvenile feeding on fallen Eastern White Pine seeds, both in and out of the cone. Feeding on the ground a mere 20 or 30 feet away, we watched the female as she carefully extracted seeds from a cone, nicely demonstrating her amazingly evolved bill. Somewhere amongst the flock, a PINE SISKIN called.


The pair of BALD EAGLES were at the nest, the male keeping an eye on the female who was hunkered down in the deep bowl for most of the time. A MERLIN zipped by at the point, and a COMMON RAVEN passed low overhead, showing off its size and shape. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER called and then flew by, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were on territory, and at least 4 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were noted and a total of 12 SONG SPARROWS were seen and/or heard. A total of about 16 BLUE JAYS almost certainly included a migrant floclk.


Although winter waterbirds are rapidly thinning out, we had some goodly tallies of 150 COMMON EIDER, 100 BUFFLEHEADS, 13 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 9 COMMON LOONS, 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES.


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Feeding on the ground a mere 20 or 30 feet away, we watched the female as she carefully extracted seeds from a cone, nicely demonstrating her amazingly evolved bill. Somewhere amongst the flock, a PINE SISKIN called. geometry dash subzero

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