Garin park: Varied Thrush, Hooded Merganser, Ring-Necked Duck, White-throaded Swift

Debbie and Tadd Ottman

We birded Garin Park for the Varied Thrushes that Debbie saw on Friday,
Jan. 6, at 2:00pm.   It was relatively "easy" then, and at least 5 were
spotted, with good views of 2.  However, this morning at 10:30am, it was
another story with the presence of intermittent hikers and dogs.  But we
persisted and were rewarded after half an hour.  We got a good view
of one Varied Thrush and caught movement of probably two more.

Yesterday, there was a pair of Gadwalls in Jordan Pond and 10 Ring-necked Ducks.
This morning, we found the Ring-necked Ducks but no Gadwall.  On the way back
along Dry Creek Trail at ~11:45am, we found the pair of Hooded Mergansers that
people  reported a few days ago. 

Also sighted in a thermal on the ridge was a kettle of at least 24 Turkey Vultures.
Near Jordan pond, we watched a flock of 22 White-throated Swifts, mixed with
2 Tree Swallows. 

Debbie and Tadd

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