It was a cold and frozen month, with most water in Hunterdon County frozen over. With some determination and good fortune, I was able to make my gold of 100 bird species for the month, ending up with 101 species on January 31. Best birds were Greater White-fronted Goose, White-winged Scoter, and Rough-legged Hawk. Biggest miss was the Snowy Owl at Round Valley that I spent too many mornings looking for and never did find. Such is life. I also wanted to get my daughter started on her year list, and she went with me several times to Round Valley and has more than 30 birds for the year. Lots of fun. Here's a digiscoped view of the Rough-legged Hawk that I found at dusk on Janury 31.
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