Monday, February 9, 2015


Today, I birded with a friend, and we heard my BIGBY barred owl around 3pm! I was a little surprised, since it was broad daylight, but we were happy with the sound. (Now, please comment if you were somewhere near picnic point entrance hooting...)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

RUBL Spring Blitz

Do you eBird your BIGBY sightings? (Hint: you should!) Once you get on board with submitting your records electronically, it's just as easy to contribute to the RUBL Blitz! Again, a green effort to count these birds helps double: not only does it give much-needed migration data, but we're also making a minimal impact by not using fossil fuel to find them. So, if you can search for rusty blackbirds on your BIGBY, this vulnerable species will thank you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

RUBL Blitz

It's time again to start thinking about the rusty blackbird blitz, which you can easily (and even preferably) do "green!" Last year was the first migration blitz year, so this year will have an additional goal. Now that we have identified hot spots, are they really hot spots? What I mean is: will rusties return to those places this year? Please revisit the places you found RUBL last spring and see if they come back!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My List So Far

Winter has brought me...
  • Canada goose
  • mallard
  • bald eagle
  • Cooper's hawk
  • red-tailed hawk
  • herring gull
  • rock pigeon
  • great horned owl
  • red-bellied woodpecker
  • downy woodpecker
  • hairy woodpecker
  • American crow
  • black-capped chickadee
  • white-breasted nuthatch
  • brown creeper
  • American robin
  • European starling
  • cedar waxwing
  • American tree sparrow
  • song sparrow
  • dark-eyed junco
  • northern cardinal
  • house finch
  • American goldfinch
  • house sparrow