BIRD SIGHTINGS at the NURSERY 2011December 29, 2011

Cold weather and a bit of snow have arrived and the Mourning Doves and Juncos are back at the feeder.

December 19, 2011
Still mild here.  Bird activity around the nursery is slim, but in some woods just north of us there were Robins, Cedar Waxwing, White-breasted Nuthatch, B.C. Chickadee, Ruffed Grouse, Junco, Raven, American Kestrel, Crow, and Canada Goose,

November 6, 2011

Snow Bunting RT Hawk and Kestrel Canada Geese

Migration has slowed around the nursery.  Over the last 2 or 3 weeks we have had visits from Lincoln Sparrow, Pine Siskins, Junco, more Robins, Northern Flicker.  Out in the fields are still Canada Geese, Snow Buntings, Killdeer.  The resident pair of Red-tailed Hawks can be seen hunting most days and we have visits from Sharp-shinned HawksAmerican Kestrels and Merlins.

October 1, 2011
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-headed Vireo

Cold, windy and wet weather has arrived, but migration continues.  Recent sitings have included Blue-headed Vireo, Cedar Waxwings, Yellowlegs, groups of Killdeer, (more) Blue Jays,  American Pipits, and a few Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers.  The resident Mourning Doves are hanging out on the laneway and flocks of mixed Sparrows are in the weed field.

September 14, 2011

More signs of migration.  We had a Green Heron fly over last week and today small groups of noisy Blue Jays kept passing through.  American Pipits were flying in the back field for the first time this fall.

August 25, 2011

With the breeding season winding down, many residents have moved on and/or stopped singing.  An Eastern Screech Owl was calling at night last week.  Two Sharp-shinned Hawks visited yesterday.  Mixed flocks of Swallows are still around.  Canada Geese visit the cut grain fields behind the nursery most days.

August 6, 2011
American Robin

The Robins that nested in a pot of Lobelia have successfully hatched the eggs.   A Red-tailed Hawk went screeching over yesterday followed by a mob of smaller birds.  A Belted Kingfisher checked out our little wetland planting and the ponds but did not stay.  The Northern Harrier has also been flying over the newly cut wheat fields.

July 14, 2011

Spotted sandpiper  Barn Swallow

Spotted Sandpipers are active in the almost dried ponds.  The small pools of water are magnets for all kinds of birds during these recent hot days.  Barn Swallow families land on the old house foundation looking for flakes of plaster.  Fly-overs recently have included Purple Martin and Great Blue Heron.

June 21, 2011

The Kestrel chicks have emerged from their nest.  Yesterday they were playing in the eavestrough and today they have moved over to the pine trees where they received lunch from the parents.  They are a bit unsteady and still hop around the branches.  Young Robins are also running around the nursery.  We still hear the Upland Sandpipers in the back field.  The Warbling Vireo sings constantly.

June 10, 2011
A Brown Thrasher has been singing in the trees the past few mornings.  The Killdeer egss hatched on the weekend and the young have run off into the fields.  The Kestrel nest is under the eaves at the front of the house and supplies of rodents are delivered regularly.  Robins are hatching young around the property and during the day we hear Horned Lark, Meadowlark, Bobolink, Red-eyed Vireo, Chipping Sparrow and Yellow Warbler.

May 25, 2011

We have migrating warblers moving through this week including Black-throated Blue Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler.  A Common Nighthawk was flying around last evening.  The fields behind the nursery are still quite wet and 2 days ago a flock of 35 shorebirds came circling around before flying north.  Their call and size looked like Black-bellied Plovers.  Resident singers include Yellow Warbler, Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo, Bobolink, Horned Lark and Meadow Lark.

May 12, 2011Killdeer nest

Spring migrants continue to return.  This past week we heard Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, White-throated Sparrow. Some White-crowned Sparrows were traveling through yesterday and American Woodcocks were calling at dusk.  We found a Killdeer nest on a cement platform from an old farm building (picture above).

April 27, 2011

We've had a lot of rain, but the temperatures have finally warmed and more migrants are stopping by the nursery.  In the past 2 weeks we've had visits from Wilson's Snipe, a pair of Greater Yellowlegs, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Resident breeders who have returned include Upland Sandpiper, Barn Swallows, Flickers and Bobolinks (today).

While cleaning the sales area today we found the beginning of a Mallard nest in the gravel.  Unfortunately it's right in the main traffic corridor and also getting flooded by all the rain we've had.

April 12, 2011
Migrants continued to drop by this past week.  Horned Larks are calling in the back field, Tree Swallows are flying overhead, Eastern Phoebes are back and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been investigating the pine trees.  Brown-headed Cowbirds are around and a pair of Ravens seem to be setting up shop somewhere nearby.  Everybody is alarmed when the Northern Harrier flies overhead.  The Harriers seem to be in residence south of the nursery across the railway tracks.

April 3, 2011
Eastern Meadowlarks are singing and flying over now.  A pair of Mallards have been attracted to the pond which is brim full after the rains. A Turkey Vulture blew by in the high wind we had recently.

March 28, 2011
American KestrelAmerican KestrelMerlin

Colder weather has slowed migration, but Song Sparrows are singing everywhere.  The American Kestrels have showed up again and a pair of American Crows are carrying around sticks and grass.  A Fox Sparrow was calling one day last week.  A Merlin has been hunting too.

March 11. 2011

American RobinRedwinged Blackbirds

The recent warm fronts have brought a lot of rain and flocks of birds.  This morning a large number of Robins (including the leucistic individual pictured above) along with Red-winged Blackbirds were flying
noisily around the farm.  Canada Geese, Mallards, and Black Ducks have been attracted to the flooded fields behind the nursery.  A Killdeer was calling across the road. Crows and Starlings have become vocal.

February 8, 2011
Common redpollCommon redpollCommon redpoll

Common redpolls returned this weekend.  We had quick visits from a Cooper's Hawk and Northern Harrier.

January 25, 2011
Blue Jay

With the very cold weather and snow have come small groups of Blue Jays.  Three dozen Mourning Doves hang out regularly at the feeder along with growing groups of Juncos, Tree Sparrows and American Goldfinches.  We found a an "owl print" in the fresh snow the other morning but haven't seen the perpetrator in person.  A rabbit has shown up at the feeder and doesn't seem to mind the other birds (or vice versa).  A Townsend's Solitaire  showed up north of town where we were skiing last week.

January 13, 2011
American Tree SparrowNorthern Harrier

At the feeder we have been mobbed by Mourning Doves.  Regular visitors are Slate-backed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows.  A female Northern Harrier was flying around the weed fields this afternoon.