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6BY1: Quarterly Report April 3, 2017

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

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.)


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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