Birds #10 (2019)

Up in the woods at Montshire along the Connecticut River: eastern wood-pewee, northern parula, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, magnolia warbler, American crow, American robin, song sparrow, pine warbler, northern mockingbird, black-and-white warbler, American redstart, pileated woodpecker, chestnut-sided warbler, black-throated green warbler, ovenbird, black-capped chickadee, red-eyed vireo, chipping sparrow

Birds #9 (2019)

In the Windsor Grasslands: red-winged blackbird, yellow warbler, black-and-white warbler, ovenbird, black-throated green warbler, magnolia warbler, blue-winged warbler, Blackburnian warbler, common yellowthroat, song sparrow, mourning dove, least flycatcher, cedar waxwing, barn swallow, chestnut-sided warbler, American goldfinch, ruby-throated hummingbird, Baltimore oriole (flying across Hunt Road).

Birds #8 (2019)

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are constantly at their feeder. Black-throated green warbler, yellowthroat, and chestnut-sided common in the woods, as well as a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Today at Eshqua Bog: my first ever bay-breasted warblers (three), ovenbird, hermit thrush, veery, northern flicker, black-capped chickadee, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated green warbler, dark-eyed junco, red-eyed vireo, chestnut-sided warbler, black-and-white warbler, brown creeper, American redstart, common raven, northern parula, common yellowthroat, white-throated sparrow, Nashville warbler, warbling vireo, yellow-rumped warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak.

Birds #7 (2019)

A cool and rainy Sunday. Yesterday saw a chestnut-sided warbler in the backyard through my binoculars. Today common yellowthroats, ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, yellow warbler, veery, eastern kingbird, eastern phoebe, gray catbird, pine warbler. Also saw some sort of warbler sized/shaped bird with a white-eye ring and streaks on its back but it was backlit so I couldn’t confirm.

Birds #6 (2019)

A friend of mine posted radar imagery of the east coast showing the mostly delayed bird migration, but arrivals this morning include ovenbird and black-and-white warbler. Yellow-bellied sapsucker still active, and may have heard a red-eyed vireo yesterday afternoon. A single white trillium is blooming in the same place it does every year.

Birds #5 (2019)

First chestnut-sided warbler heard singing this morning outside our bedroom. This is the same patch of our land where we tend to see them. Lots of phoebes this morning, and there’s an outside chance a pair discovered the abandoned phoebe nest on the side of our house. Saw a house finch in our daycare provider’s neighborhood yesterday morning, and a lone turkey crossing the road this morning.

Birds #4 (2019)

Hermit thrush on the ground outside the office window this morning, looking plump. Have also been hearing the stuttering drill of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. There’s a dead deer down by the brook at the foot of the bridge, that we first noticed almost a week ago. A doe. So far have not seen any evidence of scavengers, coyotes or vultures. Unclear whether she was sick, or drowned and washed up.

Birds #3 (2019)

Yesterday morning heard my first eastern phoebes of the year, and this morning saw a song sparrow scrounging around the sunflower seeds recently revealed from under the melting snow cover in the backyard.

Birds #2 (2019)

Went up the road to our neighbors’ farm last night at around 6:30. Saw lots of wild turkeys, American robins, American goldfinches. Heard first song sparrows of the year, and American woodcocks. The woodcocks started their “peeent!” just after the sun set at 7:15, and continued their courtship flights.

Birds #1 (2019)

In early March, two ruffed grouse on a Sunday morning up in the trees during a snow squall. Same day a flock of 30–40 wild turkeys shuffling down the woods road. Brown creeper, red-winged blackbird, blue jay, dark-eyed junco, northern cardinal, black-capped chickadee, common raven, American crow, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, tufted titmouse.

Birds #1 (2018)

Winter/Spring Roundup

Black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, golden-crowned kinglet, dark-eyed junco, blue jay, American robin, eastern phoebe, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, American crow, common raven, yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, common yellowthroat, ovenbird, purple finch, pine siskin, northern cardinal, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, northern waterthrush, hermit thrush, chestnut-sided warbler, black-and-white warbler, ruffed grouse, wood duck, belted kingfisher.

Birds #4 (2017)

A spring round-up: ruffed grouse, common raven, American crow, song sparrow, brown creeper, red-winged blackbird, eastern phoebe, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, tufted titmouse, red-bellied woodpecker, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, chestnut-sided warbler, golden-crowned kinglet, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-winged blackbird, blue jay, northern cardinal.  

Also, spotted a pair of ducks/waterbirds last night while driving home, in an ephemeral pond/flooded patch of a neighbor's yard. Didn't look like mallards so I turned around and parked to get a closer look, but I flushed them out and didn't get a good look.

Birds #3 (2017)

A couple of weeks ago, while my parents were visiting, we were sitting around the kitchen table for lunch when I saw a flash of a large wingspan outside the window, extremely close to the house. It was a barred owl, and he/she perched on a lilac branch for a solid 15-20 minutes before moving to another perch even closer to the house, and then another.  After a while, the owl flew around to the other side of the house and sat in a young black cherry tree outside of our little cabin.  When my dad and I went out to get something from his truck, the owl flew off deeper into the woods, but a half hour later was back in the lilacs.

Earlier than this, my 3 1/2 year old daughter spotted a bald eagle from about 50 yards as we were eating breakfast, as it flew into the enormous cottonwood tree along our brook.

Not a bird, but a few days ago I also saw, very briefly, a bobcat that I spooked when coming out of the house as it was snowing. I saw a blur of tawny fur, and I knew it wasn't a deer or a dog. It moved differently, and quickly, up the hill in the newly fallen deep powder.

Birds #2 (2017)

Heard a barred owl hooting just outside our living room window the night before last, so close it could have been perched on the bit of iron where we hang our hummingbird feeder in the summer. Also saw the tracks of turkeys in the snow of our driveway a few days ago. No redpolls or siskins this winter so far. Don't know if it's cold enough for them to come down from the north if they have plenty to eat already. Days getting slightly longer...

Birds #1 (2017)

Lately: wild turkeys everywhere. Britt heard them roosting up in the trees, flapping around. Barred owl a few weeks ago. Golden-crowned kinglets, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, house wrens, American crows, white-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos, downy woodpeckers.  Last fall there was a white pelican hanging out at a pond a couple miles away for at least a week. Hard to believe we're only two and a half months from phoebes and red-winged blackbirds returning.

Birds #2 (2016)

The ruffed grouse came eventually, as did pine siskins. The big news this spring is that by keeping our feeder stocked with sunflower seeds, we've attracted rose-breasted grosbeaks and indigo buntings, the latter of which have also been enjoying hanging around the crabapple trees. For the past four days we've seen and heard both, along with black-and-white warblers, black-throated green warblers, ovenbirds, common yellowthroats, American redstarts, veerys, and more. 

Birds #1 (2016)

This winter so far: black-capped chickadee, blue jay, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, golden-crowned kinglet, bald eagle, tufted titmouse, dark-eyes junco, white-throated sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, wild turkey, house finch, American crow, American goldfinch, red-tailed hawk, common raven, Carolina wren, northern cardinal, pileated woodpecker.

No ruffed grouse, which makes me wonder if the cold temperatures and deep snows of last winter were what drove them to our property. Maybe all of our aspens provided emergency food. Or perhaps they don't return to the same locations every winter.