After our blizzard of 28" of snow it was too difficult to hike in the woods with the dogs, so I met my friend over to Station Landing in Medford along the Mystic River to walk the dogs. While over the Malden River side by Wellington Station I came upon a delightful flock of 14 Common Red Polls.
I went back the next morning when it was bright and sunny, sky was bluer than blue, but this time I was armed with my camera. It took a few minutes, but I finally found this happy little troop of winter Finches. After photographing them for a when the T went by they scattered and left for a time. Went back the way i had came to see if they had flocked to the other part of the park, but no luck. So I decided to head back to where I had first found them that morning.
As I rounded the corner from un the the T tracks I saw a bird sitting at the tippity top of a tree balancing percariously on a single stick. Oh... I think it is Sharp Shin Hawk... I photograph it from a distance thinking I can blow it up and identify it when I get home...then I walked towards the tree expecting the hawk to take flight any second. To my surprise it did not and as I got closer and looked through my lens I thought I saw a mustache of some sort, now I am thinking a Peregrine Falcon, but no.... I finally made it close enough without spooking the hawk to see it was a Peregrine, but a Falcon still... the prettiest and smallest of Falcons in North America, American Kestrel! I was so thrilled to have him be so patient and allow me to get these shots of him.
A surprise indeed!