There were no Waxwings, but yesterday's cold front had brought in lots of sparrows. There were dozens in the longer grass north of the soccer fields. Although I didn't have much time to spend on IDing them, I did clearly see White-crowned, Chipping, Vesper (FOS), and Savannah.
It took me a while to realize this was just yet another Sedge Wren.
The Nature Trail was quiet, except for a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers and several Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
Later in the morning, I took a coffee break and walked out to the soccer fields again. I had wonderful views of one of our resident Red-tailed Hawks swooping down on some of our many Killdeer.
Then, from maybe 25 yards, I was able to spend several minutes watching a Crested Caracara on the ground, pulling apart what looked like a small bird. I've never been so close to a Caracara before. (I could have taken great photos - if only I hadn't left my camera in the office. When will I finally learn to take my camera with me everywhere at all times?)
Crested Caracara (2007 photo)
Other birds on the campus this morning:
Great-tailed Grackles 10+
Common Grackles 6-7
Great Blue Heron
Pied-billed Grebes 5
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks 6
Northern Mockingbirds 10+
Semipalmated Sandpipers 2
European Starlings 8
Mourning Doves 5
White-winged Doves 2
Northern Cardinals 5
Blue Jays 2