I headed to the park at around 8:15 a.m. It was 31 degrees and sunny. All the leaves and grasses had white, frosty edges and the park had that feeling of a winter wonderland.
In the sunny areas, the frost was melting and the edge of the woods sounded as if it was alive with drips of water hitting the crunchy leaves as well as little birds foraging and squirrels cavorting around.
The first birds I came upon were a pair of American Tree sparrows. Song sparrows were busy exploring the grasses near the composting pile in search of delicious seeds. I caught a glimpse in the distance of what I thought was a goldfinch, but as I zoomed in for a closer look, I was surprised to see a Savannah sparrow. A blue jay screeched from the woods and juncos twittered in the gardens.
A flock of goldfinches had descended on the grasses near the soccer field and were busy eating seeds. I was surprised to see that the pond was actually frozen after only one really cold night! Woodcock meadow was pretty quiet except for a few robins.
CONGRATULATIONS to one of our fellow birdwatchers and creator of our sister blog "Wild Newton". Matt is now a dad, after his wife gave birth to a beautiful, baby boy named Benjamin on Tuesday, November 13th. Very exciting!!!!