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Another easily relatable bird fact –

A feisty little Black-capped Chickadee weighs about as much as a dozen paper clips.

Chickadee

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A common, urban pigeon – that was the first bird I saw in 2013.   Not an exciting start to a new year.  The rest of the year can only get better.  And, In fact, even the rest of New Year’s Day was much better. 

My  4th Annual New Year’s Day BirdWalk to Greenwich Point  turned up some good birds and 2 unexpected mammals – Harbor Seals and Polar Bears.     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

17 hardy souls arose early on New Years to start the new year with a pleasant walk in a lovely natural setting.  The highlight of the walk was a good view of, not one, but two Great-horned Owls, often side by side.  January is the start of their nesting season and these two seemed to be bonding very well.  See photo taken by Orlando.

Great-horned Owl at Greenwich Point

Long Tailed Ducks were another popular sighting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Our group total was to 40 species.  No one saw all of them, but most people saw the majority of them.  A good start to the new year.  Below is a list of species seen.

Waterfowl

Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, Brandt, Black Duck, Mallard, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead,  Horned Grebe

Shorebirds

Great Egret, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone

Gulls

Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull

Birds of Prey

Great Horned Owl, Coopers Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Backyard Birds

Cardinal, Chickadee, Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Startling, House Finch, Mourning Dove

Sparrows

House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Am. Tree Sparrow, Junco

Woodpecker s

Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied and White-breasted Nuthatch

Others

Brown Creeper, Mockingbird (heard),

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