Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunny Days and Icy Ponds

It's hard to see from this photo taken at the south end of Huddleston Pond, but the far north end of the pond is completely covered in ice.  We came here yesterday morning hoping for enough warmth from the sun to keep us warm from the freezing temperature. The pond, located in Hampton Park in the small town of Willamina is becoming a favorite of ours for winter birding this year.  This community and former logging pond are tucked up next to the coast range, leaving their south-east side exposed to the morning sun.  With half of the pond covered with a sheet of ice, the ducks were crowded up on this south end.  Although not a large variety, there were large numbers of American Wigeons and American Coots. The observation list and photos can be seen here

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