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6BY1: Quarterly Report April 3, 2017

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Mali is OK with me posting lists, and it’s time for the first quarterly species report anyway.

Some of the more exciting sightings: Following (in my car) a bald eagle upriver to see it land on a tree branch by the bridge. Watching a barred owl fly off with a mouse. Spotting a beautiful rough-legged hawk. Viewing water birds, of course, when we trekked out to find them (remember the buffleheads?—and the other day, in search of a trumpeter swan we couldn’t locate, northern pintail and green-winged teal). And locating a brown creeper, because I hardly ever see them.

So far: downy woodpecker, common raven, black-capped chickadee, American goldfinch, white-breasted nuthatch, American crow, mallard, tufted titmouse, American tree sparrow, dark-eyed junco, European starling, house sparrow, mourning dove, blue jay, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, rock dove, red-tailed hawk, eastern bluebird, purple finch, wild turkey, bald eagle, northern cardinal, Canada goose, barred owl, rough-legged hawk, snow bunting, American robin, bufflehead, horned grebe, common merganser, herring gull, northern harrier, horned lark, brown creeper, pileated woodpecker, American kestrel, red-winged blackbird, killdeer, wood duck, turkey vulture, common grackle, eastern meadowlark, northern mockingbird, mute swan, song sparrow, northern pintail, green-winged teal, American black duck, great blue heron.

Year-to-date count: 50. (2012: 40. 2013: 53. 2014: 40. 2015: 43. 2016: 56.)

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1. Mali - April 11, 2017

I love your lists! I’m impressed you saw a bald eagle. My favourite names this time, other than buffleheads (which are gorgeous – I’ve just googled them), are the brown creeper (it sounds like a snake, and thanks to Google, I’ve discovered we have them here in NZ too) and the common grackle, which is fun to say and – after googling again – I can see it is beautiful too.

I’ve said it before, but my Dad would have loved you.

2. Dona - April 14, 2017

Impressive again! I have started feeding birds again, but so far just squirrels, cardinals, white-throated sparrows and house sparrows.


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