Monday, January 4, 2010

November / December birding observations

Although was in the field plenty during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, it seems that recorded birding observations were down a bit. Woodpeckers seemed to make the biggest display including yellow-bellied sapsucker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker and pileated woodpecker. Also spotted were the white-throated sparrow, chipping sparrow, towhee, cardinal, blue jay and tufted titmouse. Eighteen Canada geese blew into the pasture pond at Snipe Hill during the Christmas morning tornado watch, returning for their annual winter visit. Bluebirds and wood ducks have already been seen checking out nesting boxes, reminding us that birdhouse maintenance must be completed in February - which includes emptying the boxes of any old nesting materials and clearing the boxes of insects.

To view the Sept.-Oct. '09 birding blog entry click here.

PhotosByJeffDennis: This red-tailed hawk sat on a powerline watching a pond full of migratory waterfowl (I was observing) and seemed oblivious to my approach; turkey vultures sit in a tree - a common question is what is the difference between these and a buzzard - the answer is that they are one in the same!

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