Bird list & other natural events, February 2011

Below is a complete list of birds observed and/or heard within our farm’s ecosystem for February 2011. Birds in italics were observed or heard only in flight over the farm, but not otherwise interacting with it.

Woodcocks are displaying their mating flights for the next few weeks; this is an amazing sight & sound if you’ve never observed it before, though it’s very hard to describe. They like brushy habitats and a few have used our pastures every spring for the last few years. We might be able to host a listening session or two at dusk on nice days, for interested friends of the farm.

32 species:

NEW IN FEBRUARY
Snow Geese (thousands in migration)
Turkey Vulture
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Great Blue Heron
American Woodcock (mating display first observed 2/28)
Belted Kingfisher
Fox Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

ALSO PRESENT
Canada Goose
Ducks  (unidentified)
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

MISSING FROM LAST MONTH
Hermit Thrush
Mourning Dove

OTHER NATURAL EVENTS
Spring Peepers began calling on 2/17, and we saw the first bat of the year that same evening. Western Chorus frogs began a day later.

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