Even the landbirds seemed to be staying rather low -- we had to work for this Black-capped Chickadee. So we decided to cut our losses and head back to the Valley, stopping in Peru to check out some feeders along the way.
At the feeder where we've gotten numbers of Evening Grosbeaks in year's past, we found this "owl" keeping watch over the swing set near the bird feeders. Not a good sign.
But despite his watchfulness, we heard a Red-winged Blackbird making it's call note nearby, and after searching found him perched in a tree. Mark thinks the bird over-wintered; I prefer to see it as a sign that spring is surely fast approaching.
Heading back through the Connecticut River Valley, we found this adult Bald Eagle passing through.
And as we came up through Amherst and Shutesbury to New Salem, we found a large flock of Red-wings hanging out in the trees near the Hamilton Orchards.