December was a bit wet this year. We were fine (still watching how the streams flow around and under our various bridges, of course). People seemed to be enjoying staying in Gale’s Retreat, and we certainly have enjoyed our walks in the woods to check on it before and after the guests.
One heavy wet snowfall took out more main branches from the crabapple tree. We’ll see how the Ruffed Grouse adapt to that.
December Bird List
- Blue Jay
- Black-capped Chickadee
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Tufted Titmouse
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
- Ruffed Grouse
- American Goldfinch
- Dark-eyed Junco
- Mourning Dove
- Northern Cardinal
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
Wet enough, every one? Gray Squirrels were the only mammals seen through this window.
(Bold items in this list are species not recorded in November 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!
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.