Monday, April 18, 2011

Returning Sparrows!

Assorted flowering trees - in the foreground is Pussy Willow, and the red haze in the background is Red Maple, with roots down-slope in the floodplain of our little Oyster River.

The bird list still hasn't broken 30 species, but this is the time of year when we get both winter and summer species, so the list should begin to grow soon.

Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
American Crow
Blue Jay

Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
European Starling
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal

White-throated Sparrow - link to song
Song Sparrow - link to song, highly variable in this species
Savannah Sparrow - new this week - not singing here at W.C., not sure if this sparrow breeds here
Chipping Sparrow - new this week - link to song (similar to below, but "mechanical")
Dark-eyed Junco - lingering winter visitor - link to song (very similar to above, but "musical")

American Goldfinch
House Finch
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

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