BIRD SIGHTINGS at the NURSERY 2012
October 8, 2012
Myrtle Warbler Palm WarblerWhite-crowned Sparrow

A few more migrants have moved through recently. Small mixed flocks of Palm Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows and Myrtle Warblers are busy in the meadow garden. Kinglets and Chickadees are frequently around. Flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Blue Jays pass through.

September 29, 2012
More migrants have been passing through including Golden-crowned Kinglets and mixed Sparrows.

September 24, 2012
Migrants have been passing through but not in large numbers. Small flocks of Blue Jays visit the oak trees. American Pipits appeared this past weekend. A pair of Yellowlegs flew over last week. Canada Geese are feeding in the fields behind the nursery.


August 28, 2012
With the very dry weather, many birds have moved elsewhere. We have had brief visits from a Merlin, Downy Woodpecker, Baltimore Orioles, and Yellowlegs. Canada Geese fly over every morning and evening. The Swallows have gathered in flocks and left the area.

July 19, 2012


New families have been flying around the nursery. The Red-tailed Hawks have been out with fledged young. They practise their landing skills by playing 'king of the silo' next door and screech a lot. A family of five Osprey flew over on the weekend. An Indigo Bunting has been singing regularly and the 3rd batch of Robins is about to emerge from the nest in the sales area.

July 2, 2012


There ended up to be 5 young in the Kestrel nest. They have dispersed now after a few lively days in the pine trees. Eastern Meadowlarks visit the west field every morning. Tree Swallows have fledged. Lots of young Grackles, Robins everywhere.


June 19, 2012


The Kestrel chicks made their first appearance yesterday today emerging from under the eaves and hanging out in the eavestrough.

June 16, 2012
An Eastern Towhee was singing in the ash tree this morning. Out in the fields we hear Upland Sandpipers and Horned Larks. The family of American Kestrels should be fledging soon. The parents are busy delivering mice all day long to the nest. Other busy parents include Robins, Tree Swallows, and Chipping Sparrows. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks went soaring overhead yesterday. We still hear Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, House Wren and Bobolink.

May 4, 2012
The last couple of weeks we've seen or heard Spotted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow. A weather front yesterday brought Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, and a brief visit from a Philadelphia Vireo. White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows have also been heard.

April 18, 2012
The Kestrels have set up house under the eaves again and the Crows have moved to a new nest site up the road. Other returned migrants include Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, and Flicker. Visitors have included Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Vesper Sparrows have been singing down the back lane

March 19, 2012
American Crow Mallard

Very warm weather has stirred up the birds. Migrants and residents are active around the nursery. Nest building is going on by a pair of Crows in the front pine tree. A pair of Mallards is checking out real estate around the pond. Over the last week the new arrivals have been Song Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Brown-headed Cowbird, White-crowned Sparrow. Killdeer and Common Grackle have been around for a couple of weeks.



February 29, 2012
American Kestrel Red-tailed Hawk pair

Bird action has been slow this past month. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks have been regular visitors. An American Kestrel has also been hunting regularly. The first flock of Red-winged Blackbirds flew over recently and Robins are becoming more vocal.


January 25, 2012
While hiking today in woods north of the nursery I came across a large flock of Red Crossbills feeding on spruce cones. A few weeks ago the same area had Brown Creeper and Barred Owl. More usual sightings included B.C. Chickadees, Blue Jays, Juncos, Robins, Crows, Am. Goldfinch, and Nuthatches.

January 21, 2012
Am. Tree Sparrow Sharp-shinned Hawk Mourning Dove
A real mixed bag of weather has meant hardly any snow until yesterday. Feeder visitors include Tree Sparrow, Junco and Mourning Doves. Blue Jays and Crows are around calling. Predators include American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk.