John James Audubon's Canada Goose
Today's birders: Lynn and Sue
Red-tailed Hawk - two
Northern Cardinal - a group of 12
American Goldfinch (heard)
The cardinals were actively flying about, from the brushy slope down to the water, from there up into the cottonwood trees then back to the bittersweet tangles. There were several females, with their subtle golden-gray coats and bright red bills, but mostly males, in varying shades of bright to dusky red. Their strong clear "chip" notes followed us as we made our way along the river bank.
John James Audubon's Cardinal Grosbeak, our Northern Cardinal
Tomorrow is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in our area, and though we will not be counting birds here at West Campus, we will submit a list of birds we've seen to the area compiler. If nobody else counts a Barred Owl tomorrow, then Lynn and Scott's sighting of OUR Barred Owl - again - two days ago, will be added to the area list! Most of our other birds are very common, and will likely be counted elsewhere.
To all of you who will be participating in Christmas Bird Counts this weekend - good luck, and have fun!