Basically an unseasonably warm stretch, but overnight last night (23rd-24th) it snowed. Just an inch or two, then changed to fine rain, and now, at the end of the afternoon, the temperature is still low enough that the snow lingers.
One of our local Red-tailed Hawks, Buteo jamaicensis.
Birds for the two week period from February 13-17 and 20-24th, 2012.
Red-tailed Hawk - a kettle of seven birds, a mix of five "tails" and two
Cooper's Hawk (probably) - which did NOT include our two local Red-tails
10. Northern Flicker
20. Song Sparrow
An old familiar tune is back on campus - the Song Sparrows are singing!
Lynn's photo. Melospiza melodia melodia
26. House Sparrow
Friday, February 3, 2012
The "tails" have been more noticeable these last two weeks. Three were seen more-or-less together one morning over West Campus. Lynn recently photographed this beautiful dark adult.
No snow cover, night-time temperatures in the twenties, daytime temps in the forties - this seems more like mid-March than February. The birds are usually around our feeders when it's particularly cold, or when a storm is threatening, but with the milder temperatures, they've been rather scarce.
Still we've managed a two-week list of twenty three species.
Birds seen at West Campus between January 30th and February 10th, 2012:
Lynn caught this male Wild Turkey displaying yesterday.
same handsome fellow as above, now you can appreciate the detail