Another year, another attempt. Another start at a Deschutes County Year. Easy to begin, tough to finish.
First bird of the year? A song sparrow in the back yard. Just beat out the dark-eyed juncos that started calling the second after the sparrow made itself known.
So from there, the day began with a dog walk through the neighborhood. Cold and clear, with a dark band of clouds on the low horizon. Bird three was an adult bald eagle, gliding towards the east at roof top level.
Later on in the day, a walk along the Canal trail down by Blakely Park. Reports of Harris's sparrows draws me to the point, but no such luck. More on how these sparrows have been my nemesis for the past two years at another point. More house sparrows and finches, but a lone red-breasted sapsucker drilling holes in a large ponderosa, a solo Cooper's hawk out looking for lunch, a red-tailed hawk navigating through thick limbs and past long needles.
All in all, a good start to 2013. Stay tuned...
Here's the day's list: