A brief trip to the old railway bed in Colchester yielded the
following: a small group of RING-NECKED DUCKS (3 drake, one female) who
had no care for birders and were more concerned with strutting their
stuff for the female, one (perhaps two, couldn’t tell if they were the
same bird) BALD EAGLE, a horde of GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE.
Within the scaup and goldeneye were three BARROW’S GOLDENEYE (1 drake)
who were very nicely observed due to the beautiful sunny day and calm
waters. A CAROLINA WREN was heard calling (another was also heard in
Red Rocks Park) as well as RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Other indications of
spring included BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES not giving a hoot for birders,
buzzing us a couple of times and found only in pairs. AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH, CEDAR WAXWINGS, AMERICAN ROBINS, and perhaps a small flock of
COMMON REDPOLLS finished out the morning.