Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Birds of FL

Fulvous whistling-duck
snail kite

masked booby
pomarine jaeger

reddish egret
white-tailed kite
short-tailed hawk
black rail
snowy plover
long-billed curlew
white-crowned pigeon
mangrove cuckoo
burrowing owl
rufous hummingbird
western kingbird
Florida scrub-jay

...and more I may have missed!

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Male Downy Arrives!

Finally, I see the male! Like the female, he called quite a bit from the suet, so I peeked through the blinds in the morning to see the red on the back of the head.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Last Weekend Up North

I certainly had an amazing weekend in town last weekend, but I forewent my birthday tradition of going up north to look for wildlife. I wouldn't trade the time I had with my friends, but it looks like a lot was going on! The golden-crowned sparrow is still being seen at a Duluth feeder, and the pacific loon even popped back up in the harbor that weekend! On my birthday, a three-toed woodpecker was found in Burnett Co.! The previous week, someone found and photographed a marten in the bog. I'm sure it would have been a great weekend of birding, but maybe I can make it happen this weekend.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WI December Rare Birds

  • Pacific loon
  • Eurasian wigeon
  • cinnamon teal
  • king eider
  • mew gull
  • glaucous-winged gull
  • black-legged kittiwake
  • Ross gull
  • ivory gull
  • ancient murrelet
  • American three-toed woodpecker
  • vermilion flycatcher
  • Bewick's wren
  • curve-billed thrasher
  • sage thrasher
  • black-throated gray warbler
  • green-tailed towhee
  • black-throated sparrow
  • lark bunting
  • black-headed grosbeak
  • Bullock's oriole
  • Scott's oriole
  • golden-crowned sparrow

Monday, December 8, 2014


The snow and ice have been oddly melting, after an abnormally cold November. So, my non-snow boots aren't cutting it today. I chose them because it's above freezing, but the mush is no good for the lack of grip in these mukluk-style shoes.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ordinary but Awesome Birthday Birds

I never tire of Cooper's hawks, so seeing a first year bird perch right down the sidewalk from mifflin and broom around 3:20pm was pretty cool.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Avian Pox?

I saw a house finch at the feeder the other day with a possible case of avian pox. Luckily, the seed is already out so it's not attracting him, nor are other birds so at risk. Also, I don't feel like I have to waste a full feeder's worth of seed or anything. Anyway, it's time to clean the feeders so I'll be rolling up my sleeves soon.