Bird list & other natural events, March 2011

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.

37 species:

NEW THIS MONTH
Red-winged Blackbird
Unidentified blackbirds
White Pelican (migration)
Field Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Phoebe
Wood Duck
Brown-headed Cowbird
Mourning Dove (last seen in January)

ALSO PRESENT
Canada Goose
Snow Geese
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Ducks (unidentified)
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Woodcock
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
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
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

MISSING FROM LAST MONTH
Northern Flicker
Bald Eagle
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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.

2 thoughts on “Bird list & other natural events, March 2011

  1. It's almost Warbler time, early ones are coming in now. My favorite time of year, I may have to go into the woods warbler hunting this weekend.

  2. Yeah, April through May we have "productivity problems" some mornings when the mixed flocks come through. Louisiana Waterthrush just missed making the March list, showing up the next day, and we saw a Yellow-Throated Warbler down at Eagle Bluffs on Tuesday morning (along with the widest species list we've seen yet there).Do you use eBird? We've been reporting both our Eagle Bluffs and our farm lists there. A real time sink to look through their data, but really cool too if you're into birding.