It’s felt not-very-winterish this year. But looking at previous years, it seems much the same birds have been here (not that our records go back very far in this medium, and they’re much more informal than eBird data by and near the Museum). See for yourself if you are curious— links are below the bird list.
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Blue Jay (0bserved a distinctive Blue Jay: unusual feathers on right wing, missing secondaries; did not fly, only hop. Observed in both early and late February, but not every time Jays were noticed)
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Tufted Titmouse
- American Goldfinch
- Dark-eyed Junco
- Northern Cardinal
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- American Crow
- Mourning Dove (heard calling on 2/29 also)
- Purple Finch
- Bohemian Waxwing (8 seen on 2/26, which inspired some human visitors too)
- Wild Turkey (On 2/18 14 recorded; another 33 seen on 2/28)
- Ruffed Grouse (2/26)
- Red-winged Blackbird (solitary male seen 2/29 – First of Year for us!)
Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.
We also observed Red and Gray Squirrels, and, mysteriously, blood under the feeder. One of the web cams recorded a raccoon, very briefly, on 2/21.
You too can watch from our window! To schedule a visit call, tweet, phone (802) 434-2167, or email firstname.lastname@example.org ! We’ll also be hosting an Animal Tracks & Sign workshop on March 19 and the next Bird Monitoring Walk on March 26.