Not a countdown but a count of the birds that I’ve seen so far in 2021. The first are three Red Breasted Mergansers; diving water fowls that tick off the boxes of first of the year and first ever seeing! I only had my small pocket camera with me at the time so I didn’t get them as clearly as I would’ve liked. I may go back with the big lens to see if they are still at the reservoir. The one in the front is definitely a male and the two behind could be either juvenile males or females.
I wasn’t expecting to see Mr. and Mrs. Swan when I drove past the ponds they normally hang around in but they were still there. Not sure if they winter here or go elsewhere.
And in the pond next to the swans was a solitary Blue Heron. Having your own built in down/feather coat helps with the winter weather here.