Below is a complete list of birds observed and/or heard within our farm’s ecosystem for March 2011. Birds in italics were observed or heard only in flight over the farm, but not otherwise interacting with it.
Snow geese and Canada geese migration finished passing through this month, with only local Canadas observed by the end of the month. Other birds showed up for the first time, and/or started singing for the first time. We can tell it’s been wet for a long time, because there are good-sized fish in our little stream, and we’ve started seeing kingfishers and herons in and along this corridor. Various blackbirds are also on the move, passing overhead in flocks that are very difficult to identify with any certainty.
NEW THIS MONTH
White Pelican (migration)
Mourning Dove (last seen in January)
Great Blue Heron
MISSING FROM LAST MONTH
OTHER NATURAL EVENTS
Lizards and snakes have begun stirring, as have the first insects like flies, grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, and flea beetles. Buds have been swelling on trees, and the earliest smaller species have begun leafing out (gooseberry, invasive autumn olive, and multiflora rose). The early wildflowers started blooming, including harbinger of spring and bloodroot.