[Tweeters] Central Ferry Canyon Blacked-back Woodpeckers
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Mon Jan 21 17:40:37 PST 2013
Thanks to Meredith Spencer's suggestion of snowshoeing into the Packwood Cemetery near the top of Central Ferry Canyon, I had a delightful dilettante's hike on the snow shoes that I have not used in more years than I care to think about. The cemetery was above the fog so the sun on dry snow created diamonds. Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers were easy, but the Black-backed played peekaboo. After an hour and a half I finally had a good view of a male. It was very pleasant just to play around on the snow shoes. It reminded me of the pleasure of simply messing about in boats. I was surprised not to find any Pygmy Nuthatches as the upper part of Central Ferry has been reliable in the past.
I started the day with roadside views of about twelve Sharp-tailed Grouse in the trees adjacent to and on the west side of Bridgeport Hill Road, towards the upper part. Best bird at Bridgeport State Park (no owls) was a Varied Thrush. The Common Redpolls were exactly where Meredith recommended looking for them near the Brewster Market Place grocery store. It was quite a large flock and included a couple of Cassin's Finches.
Saw two Snowy Owls yesterday, west of Mansfield, one at MP 18 and the other at Division Road. Dipped on Snow Buntings.
From Chilly Brewster
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