Birding and track detective

January 7, 2010

This evening, I again explored Holmes Run Park in search of critters. The best I could find was a few birds.

There was a decent sized group of ducks milling about in the stream and they did their best to avoid me. Besides that, I also observed the nightly flyovers, a group of cardinals and the sparrow (?) shown above. (Extra credit if you can help with the ID)

Sometimes it’s alright not to see too many animals. It gives me a little time to scan an area for signs that I might otherwise miss.

Near the stream, I saw a series of marks in the sand where an animal had obviously been digging into the ground. It may be too abstract at this point to link it to any particular animal, but I documented it anyway.

Here is the series, starting with a closeup of one of the markings that seems to show claws, working out to the general area.

And that was about it. The weather was great. Cold, of course, but it felt much better than it has lately because there was no breeze.

Tonight we are expecting snow, but I’m not sure if it will be enough for me to take advantage of it photographically. I guess we’ll find out together.

2 Responses to “Birding and track detective”

  1. Rob Says:

    Believe you have a variety of Song Sparrow. You can tell by the spot on the breast, and of course, my reference book “Birds of Virginia” says they rarely flock together, like other sparrows.

  2. Evan Dyson Says:

    That’s the way I’m leaning too. It looked like the same species I observed the other day:

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