It was super cold today, but I did go to Haddon Lake Park with my mom and sister for Day 2 of the bird count. Now, before you all yell at me for being crazy and birding in 18 degree weather: I was only outside for about 3 minutes. The rest of the time we sat in the car with the heat on and counted. Like yesterday, we did not see a variety of species but we did count a lot of birds.
This is my 3rd year participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count and going to Haddon Lake Park for the count has become a tradition. Haddon Lake Park is a special place for me. It’s one of the first parks that Dave and I starting birding at and when we used to live within walking distance we would go there almost every day. There are also a lot of resident waterfowl year-round (and you know how I’m a waterfowl enthusiast!). It’s become a necessity for me to count at Haddon Lake for the GBBC.
Day 2 official count (5 species, 273 individual birds):
- 84 Canada Geese
- 135 Mallards
- 26 Ring-billed Gulls
- 27 Dark-eyed Junco
- 1 Mourning Dove
(You may notice in the below pictures some white domestic geese, but I did not include them in the count)
When we first arrived the lake was like a multi- lane highway. Large groups of waterfowl dispersed from the land into the lake, and some swam in one direction and the rest went the other way.
As we continue to watch everyone spread out a little more and made small groups or pairs.
This cute Mallard Pair even did some head pumping to solidify their pair-bond.
Every year there are gulls hanging around the lake, but today was the highest number of Ring-billed Gulls I’ve seen there at one time. Many of them floated around together in the water, but a few decided to rest on the grass.
We even had a bonus animal today: a squirrel! Poor thing looked like he was pretty cold. It stared at us for awhile. Maybe he was hoping we would let him into the heat or give him food. After a few minutes he ran over to a nearby trash can to look for a meal. He was awfully cute though.
It was fun watching all the action this afternoon. I’m glad the Haddon Lake GBBC tradition has continued. Tomorrow Dave and I are planning on going to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. There is an 8 mile wildlife drive, so we can again bird watch from the car. Hopefully we will see a lot of waterfowl tomorrow.
Before I finish this post, I wanted to show you the first bird I saw today. This adorable Carolina Chickadee was enjoying their breakfast at my feeder. It was a nice way to start the day. 🙂