Thursday, February 4, 2010

birding today

Mimus polyglottos, Northern Mockingbird, photo: Lynn Jones

Today Lynn and I spent some time watching the very birdy thickets where we had seen the Brown Thrasher in late December. There was still plenty of food, berries on the shrubs and vines, and likely still plenty of weed seeds.

Cathartes aura, Turkey vulture, photo: Lynn Jones

Over head we had:
Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
Red-tailed Hawk,
Buteo jamaicensis - the dark-tailed one (which we saw clearly to be "red" feathers banded with dark brown or black - so a young individual

Buteo jamaicensis, Red-tailed Hawk, photo: Lynn Jones

In the bordering trees:
American Robin, Turdus migratorius

Everything else was in the thickets:
Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus

Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos

Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis

Carolina Wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus
(heard, but not seen)
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis

Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata

White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis

Other birds on campus today:
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis

Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis

European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

And there were fresh Turkey tracks in Wednesday morning's new snow.

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