We missed part of January on the farm, taking a road trip to the Louisiana coast, but still recorded the normal suite of winter birds (very similar to last January) The month was seriously dry until the 29th, when strong storms quickly dumped 2.27″ of rain, almost as much as we received from Hurricane Isaac last year. Ironically, given the dry soil and low, drought-stressed vegetation, a lot of this precip turned into runoff. Our stream started flowing for the first time in almost a year. We also had some erosion of roads and other hard-packed surfaces. But at this point, any rain is welcome. Not much else to report during what was a fairly stable and unremarkable month here; even our trail camera didn’t catch anything beyond a few deer and coyotes. Read on for the January bird list.
RECORDED IN JANUARY (25 species, 3 new relative to December, 8
unobserved since December)
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow