Through the Window: March 2019

Red-winged Blackbird, Carved by Bob Spear
Red-winged Blackbird, carved by Bob Spear

April is upon us! You know what that means: hiccuping weather. Winter today, spring tomorrow, and a whole lotta mud, especially on the roads. Drive with care, especially if you’re birding at the same time. (We recommend pulling over. I mean, really.)

What? It also means returning species? You better believe it. What’s your favorite harbinger of spring?

  • Common Redpoll
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Northern Cardinal (male and female, March 3, and later)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Male, FOY March 13 and we’d like to know what took them so long this year!)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (March 13 and 15)
  • Common Grackle (FOY?, March 17)
  • American Goldfinch
  • Song Sparrow (FOY? March 25)
  • Cooper’s Hawk  (March 27)
  • Brown Creeper (March 31)

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in February 2019.)


It’s still our “by-appointment season! Call us to arrange a visit to the Museum: check out the viewing window, come along a bird monitoring walk, or find us out and about. We continue to host walks, classes, and more. These are listed on our events page.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

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The “Through the Window” series is an informal record of observations made by staff, volunteers, and visitors. Anyone at the Museum may add to this list. Observations are usually through our viewing window: a large window with a film covering that helps hide watchers from the birds. We have chairs and binoculars to try, a white board, and many identification guides. Outdoors, several feeders are attached on a single, bear-resistant pole. A small pond, flowers and water plants, shrubs and trees add cover and (seasonally) other food choices . You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

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