Through the Window: December 2020

Evening grosbeaks: life-like woodcarvings crafted by Bob Spear in 1988.
Evening grosbeaks: woodcarvings by Bob Spear in 1988.

We hope your final month of 2020 was as easy and comfortable as possible, with good birding, friends near and far, and rich in love.

Decembers are often quite quiet at the Museum and this month’s bird list certainly shows it. Which ones come to your feeders?

Seen from our Windows in December

  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Mourning Dove
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Evening Grosbeak (both male and female, 14 December 2020)

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

No one noted the mammals although squirrels are very likely…

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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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