We were walking through Octagon Prairie at Charleston Falls when Tom noticed a huge flock of robins high in the trees at the edge of the woods.
"I wonder if those are all robins."
"I'll go back and get our binoculars," I said.
It was a record-setting warm day...68 degrees Fahrenheit. The parking lot was full. There were so many people walking their dogs, we wondered if the park was sponsoring its monthly dog social. It wasn't.
When we looked along the less traveled trails we found the birds. They were too far away to photograph but not too far away to find with our binoculars. Between us we saw fifteen species. My favorites were three Cedar Waxwings.