Bird list & natural events, January 2013

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
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Gull, unidentified
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-Capped Chickadee
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
Hermit Thrush
Pine Siskin

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