A brief stop at the Nemasket River (near Assawompsett Pond) produced a nice assortment of birds. Several Northern Flickers and a Red-bellied Woodpecker made an appearance at this location. We also observed another immature Bald Eagle soaring above the river. At other locations on the perimeter of the ponds, we heard the peter-peter calls of a Tufted Titmouse and the faint vocalizations of White-breasted Nuthatches when the wind subsided.
Our last activity of the day was a leisurely stroll on Crooked Lane, a productive birding site north of Assawompsett Pond. This mid day walk produced many of the expected species like Red-winged Blackbirds, American Crows, Song and Swamp sparrows, and American Goldfinches. A highlight of this stop was a cooperative Winter Wren that gave us decent views as it was working the edge of the cattail marsh. We followed the bird as it called dit dit repeatedly and occasionally disappeared amongst the cattails and shrubby growth. It was strange to see the bird in such unusual habitat since the more likely species would be a Marsh Wren (a species that has occasionally wintered at this location).