Bird list & natural events, March 2015

We were away for part of March, so the bird list has a few gaps in it, and there aren’t many photos to share. This provides us with an opportunity to ask readers for some feedback on our monthly natural events posts.

We started this series many years ago with several goals: to help us track observations and changes in our surroundings, to demonstrate that farming can happen in concert with environmental awareness, and to engage customers in the natural context of their food’s source. We hoped we would gain and retain customers who wanted to support farmers who paid attention to the natural world, and weren’t “just” farmers. Putting these posts together, though generally enjoyable, does take a fair amount of time and focus. It’s not clear to us how many customers or readers really value the result. We can keep track of birds, photos, and observations off-line, too, so if there isn’t a concrete value to the extra work of packaging these data onto the web, we’re questioning how or whether to keep doing it. So we’re interested in hearing any feedback on the content, format, or value of these posts to anyone who’s reading. Comments or emails are fine. In the meantime, read on for March 2015.

March transitioned, as we would hope, from early snow & ice on the ground to a clear progression of spring by the end. Cedar pollen began producing with a vengeance:

Mar_natural_pollenAnd soil life, like grubs and earthworms, began stirring to life. Mar_natural_soillife

While we decide how to proceed on these posts, here’s the bird grid as usual. The effect of travel shows up clearly, as we (and our farm-sitters) mostly recorded the most common birds, and few of the unusual or rare ones that pass on occasion. Noticing these takes a regular presence on the land: working outdoors, taking walks, etc. Oh, well.

 

Species 2011-2015 Total
years observed
2015 observed
Greater White-fronted Goose xx
Snow Goose xxxx
Canada Goose xxxxx x
Trumpeter Swan x
Wood Duck xxxx x
Wild Turkey xx
American White Pelican x
Great Blue Heron xxxxx x
Turkey Vulture xxxxx x
Bald Eagle xx
Sharp-shinned Hawk x
Cooper’s Hawk x
Red-shouldered Hawk xxxxx x
Red-tailed Hawk xxx
Killdeer xxxx
American Woodcock xxxxx x
Mourning Dove xxxxx x
Great Horned Owl xx
Barred Owl xxxxx x
Belted Kingfisher xxxx
Red-bellied Woodpecker xxxxx x
Downy Woodpecker xxxxx x
Hairy Woodpecker xx
Northern Flicker xxx x
Pileated Woodpecker xxxxx x
Eastern Phoebe xxxx x
Blue Jay xxxxx x
American Crow xxxxx x
Fish Crow x
Black-capped Chickadee xxxxx x
Tufted Titmouse xxxxx x
White-breasted Nuthatch xxxx
Carolina Wren xxxxx x
Golden-crowned Kinglet xxx x
Ruby-crowned Kinglet x x
Eastern Bluebird xxxxx x
Hermit Thrush x
American Robin xxxxx x
Brown Thrasher x
European Starling x
Cedar Waxwing xxx x
Louisiana Waterthrush xxxx x
Black-and-white Warbler x
Yellow-rumped Warbler xxx
Yellow-throated Warbler ?
Eastern Towhee xxxx
American Tree Sparrow x
Chipping Sparrow x
Field Sparrow xxxx x
Fox Sparrow xxx
Song Sparrow xxx
White-throated Sparrow xx
Dark-eyed Junco xxxxx x
Northern Cardinal xxxxx x
Red-winged Blackbird xxxx
Brown-headed Cowbird xxxxx x
House Finch xx x
Purple Finch xx
Pine Siskin x
American Goldfinch xxxx x

2 thoughts on “Bird list & natural events, March 2015

  1. I’ve always been impressed by your bird lists and other wildlife lists. But I live in Virginia, so it’s not directly usable info for me. I wonder what your customers and local readers think?
    Pam

  2. i always enjoy these too. The non-bird (or at least non bird grid) portion always includes details that are appreciated and often unexpected, like cedar pollen. And it is a great showcase for interesting pictures. These posts, especially in the absence of csa or market posts, really do a good job of connecting me to your farm (your ecosystem, really)
    Of course I also am not a customer…