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.
NEW IN FEBRUARY
Snow Geese (thousands in migration)
Great Blue Heron
American Woodcock (mating display first observed 2/28)
MISSING FROM LAST MONTH
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.