Through the Window: March 2020

Gray Squirrel in snow
Squirrels seem to appreciate the spillage from the feeders above. The snow has pretty well gone by the time of posting.

Well this was not the March we expected. Admittedly, the birds here seem quite unaffected.

We did keep observing birds from our windows and cams, just with fewer human friends (in person).  Welcome back, Common Grackle and Song Sparrow!

We’ve rearranged our schedules and updated some policies to deal with COVID-19. Details soon! The birds are being fed less often, and we’d already changed what and where we’d fed them. (We do that each spring anyway, because the forests in Huntington do have bears and we’d prefer only smaller mammals take advantage of what the birds leave.)

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Goldfinch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Robin
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Purple Finch
  • American Crow
  • Song Sparrow (March 23)

The usual mammals are awake and about: Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, and Gray Squirrel.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in February 2020.)


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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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