Doing some preliminary scouting for a field trip tomorrow, I realized half way on
the drive to Victory, I'd forgotten my binoculars. Normally this wouldn't be a
good thing but it turned out all right. Road and trail conditions can change
daily this time of year. Early am hours you can almost get around without
snow shoes. By mid morning you can sink in up to your waist. After today's
warm temps and tomorrow's rains trails may be under water.
Still, found female Moose with young on main road.
At Damon's Crossing trail:
2 Black-backs drumming
2 Gray Jays too busy to visit with me as one was carrying nest material ( I
assume nest material in its beak, no binos)
7 White-winged Crossbills (fly overs)
2 Golden Crown Kinglets
Pileated Woodpecker (calling)
6 Red breasted Nuthatches
Along the Victory Road:
1 Black backed ( fly about 10' over my head)
Red-winged Blackbirds (lots)
A few more White-winged Crossbills.
More Pine Siskins.
16 Canada Geese
With last weekend's sighting of a Boreal Chickadee and the introduction of 24 -
30 Spruce Grouse to Victory last summer, on a very, very good day it's
possible to get all 4 Boreal species in Victory now.