Anyways, I avoided that trail today, so I did not see the birds that I usually saw on that trail, e.g. Red-tailed Hawk and Great Blue Heron. However, taking another route proved to be just as exciting as that one.
First, I saw several ducks panicking in the ditches. Looking ahead, I realized that a hawk just swooped by and landed on a nearby tree. That also agitated crows in the surrounding area, causing 19 crows to hang around where the harrier was.
Then it flew away, causing several crows chasing after it. Turned out it only landed on another tree farther down the ditch.Turned out there was two individuals, and possibly more. Even though they are quite common and abundant, this was the first time that I have seen them, and it was definitely interesting to see them in-person.
At the edge of the Terra Nova Rural Park (where the beech and birch trees are), I came across this little brown bird landing on the lower part of the tree trunk (or branches), spiraling upwards, and probing crevices in the bark for insects. Immediately, I realized I just found a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana).
Brown Creeper. My excitement caused me to take not-so-focused photos. But hey, it's the thinking that counts.
On the way home, I saw this male Northern Flicker looking for insects on the ground. It wasn't very shy, so I got this pretty close photo of it.
Then it flew into the field, where I saw another flicker was present, and it was a female (lacking the moustachial stripe). I wonder if they are a pair.
Anyways, I didn't see my usual three species (Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk, and Great Blue Heron) today, but it was definitely exciting (if not more) to see three not-so-often seen species. Hooray for Friday, the 13th!