If you take out the wind, cold and snow/removal, there wasn’t much going on this week. Most of the water is again frozen and in spite of constant northwest winds this week, few new birds have arrived. There are a few exceptions though. Blackbirds have begun to move into the area. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have begun to show up at feeders through much of the area and a few flocks have been passing over Haven Road late in the day. PINE SISKINS continue to be seen throughout the county. Most of our regularly frequented feeders have at least half a dozen showing up. A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in the valley at the Big Valley Trailer Park have been frequenting a feeder there and the flock has grown from an initial ten to eighteen birds. Karen Miller and I hiked the Linear Park Trail from the visitors center to Summitville yesterday looking for the Great Blue Heron, but didn’t find it. In stead we found many AMERICAN ROBINS and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Among them was our FOS HERMIT THRUSH! I’ve been looking for this normally overwintering species all winter without luck. A while later, I found a second Hermit Thrush at the Bashakill. Hopefully, the water will open up and we’ll get another influx of waterfowl with the increasing temperatures of the coming week.