Friday, February 3, 2012

Just the regulars...

Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, photo Lynn Jones

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:

Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Turkey Vulture

Lynn caught this male Wild Turkey displaying yesterday.

Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

American Crow
Fish Crow
Blue Jay
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird

European Starling
Black-capped Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
White-throated Sparrow

House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

same handsome fellow as above, now you can appreciate the detail

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