Sunday, April 12, 2009

Birds of Easter 2009

Easter Sunday dawned sunny but cold. At 7:00 AM, the air temperature was 26ยบ F. and the ground was white with frost. Taking advantage of the fine weather, I took about a 1-hour walk part-way around Crescent Lake. What follows is a list of the 28 species observed in the yard and surrounding neighborhood today:
  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Mourning Dove
  • Great Horned Owl (nesting)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Field Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
  • An additional 12 species were seen in the neighborhood during the preceding 7 days, but not today: Common Loon, Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Fox Sparrow, House Finch, and Pine Siskin.

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