Patterson Park is always full of surprises. This morning on Patterson Park Audubon's monthly bird walk, a Red-tailed Hawk flew into a small tree near the pond. As a small crowd of Mallards gathered under it, we wondered if it was contemplating taking one for a meal. But instead it jumped into the shallows and started splashing around to take a bath. The Mallards were as fascinated as we were.
Although numbers of birds weren't high, we also saw a Merlin, Kestrel, Coots, Black Duck, Swamp and Song Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Flicker, Hermit Thrush, and Juncos.