Through the Window: November 2023

Ruffed Grouse in leafless crabapple tree.
Ruffed Grouse in leafless crabapple tree.

November is often pretty quiet; we get wrapped up in the Race, with working indoors with our Annual Appeal, with staff getting some breaks for holidays. The birds don’t care!

It’s an amusing treat to watch the Ruffed Grouse reach for each small decorative crabapple fruit, dried and frozen though they may be.

November Bird List

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Goldfinch
  • Ruffed Grouse (3 in the crabapple tree, on November 6, 8, and other days)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow

Just Eastern Chipmunks and Gray Squirrels for mammals.

(Bold items in this list are species not recorded in October 2023.)

Care to look for birds with us? Register for one of our upcoming events or schedule a visit to the Museum. See you soon!

Volunteers, we always have opportunities for you!

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, you’ll find us talking about bird news, sharing photos, suggesting events, and more. Check us out! We are definitely most active on Instagram.

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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