Dec. 25 Christmas Day. Cold and clear. Little fog.
Before 9 AM I birded around Rotary Park. Plenty of Mallards on Heron Pond which has water now but will be dry by July. Not many other birds noted in the cold: Steller’s Jays, Robin, Spotted Towhee (heard only), Song Sparrows, pair of Black-capped Chickadees and rattling Kingfisher heard but not seen. The sparrows both responded to my pishing near the small year-round pool just downhill from parking lot and kiosk.
Yesterday as I walked Nora in the freezing fog we saw one immature male Anna’s Hummingbird. Nearby was feeder with a heater to keep nectar from freezing. Later a Robin shot across the street in front of us, pursued by a Sharp-shinned Hawk less than three yards back. They both crossed a second street and then vanished into some garden shrubbery. Immediately the vigilant Scrub-Jays sounded their alarm, screaming distress to all within hearing range. I do not know how the chase ended.Few leaves left in forest but subtler growth continues, including buds awaiting next spring. The lichens and the mosses cover every hospitable surface.Bath time:Baker Creek in Rotary Park.