Saratoga Battlefield: American tree sparrows

Marne Onderdonk

Walked portions of the tour road via service road this afternoon. (Hoped for owls but none seen.) Did have a handsome group of 6-7 American tree sparrows feeding in weeds/brush along the side of the road near the Rockefeller monument. There was a chattery flock of feathered friends but too far/bad lighting for me to ID visually and not familiar with their calls. Other nice finds include pileated, hairy and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, red-tailed hawks, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper and the Usual Suspects. Lots of white-tailed deer; counted over 20.

Very icy on roads and trails so yaktrax, microspikes or similar advised.

Happy New Year and stay safe,