Through the Window: December 2019

Red-breasted Nuthatch. Carved by Bob Spear in the early 1960s.
Red-breasted Nuthatch. Carved by Bob Spear in the early 1960s.

We’ve enjoyed welcoming some new birders to our monthly bird monitoring walks. This more than makes up for the quiet of the winter species counts at our a Viewing Window. These walks are the last Saturday of every month. We record those observations over on eBird.

Before you head over there, though, enjoy this short but sweet December window observation list. What’s your favorite of the species listed here? How come ?

  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (December 18)

Other species noticed are the usual suspects: Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, and Gray Squirrel.

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

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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, 8′ steel 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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