Sunday, February 19, 2012

Woodland Songsters

White-throated Sparrow

The avian symphony at Pheasant Branch Conservancy this morning was astonishing to behold. House Finches, Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, American Robins, and White-throated Sparrows were giving it their all. If it wasn't singing full-song, then it was calling; like the energetic trills of Dark-eyed Juncos and churs of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. But the best song I heard today was that of a Brown Creeper; a see-see sound followed by a tweedle of jumbled notes unlike anything else in the winter woods.

Barred Owl
Not all the bird vocalizations were necessarily pleasant to my ears. Around a dozen American Crows taunted and chased a Barred Owl through the woods. Eventually the owl entered a tree cavity where it was at least visually concealed from its harassers. Oh, but the crows weren't nearly finished. Though they couldn't see it, they kept right on cawing as if they knew the owl was still within earshot. Who am I kidding? Of course they knew. The Barred Owl pictured above was more fortunate and went unnoticed by the gang of crows, which is really what they seem like to me when I encounter extended corvid mobbings.

American Robin

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI 
Feb 19, 2012 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM  
28 species 

Canada Goose  
Red-tailed Hawk  
Mourning Dove  
Great Horned Owl  
Barred Owl Belted 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker 
Blue Jay 
American Crow  
Black-capped Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Brown Creeper 
American Robin 
European Starling  
Cedar Waxwing  
American Tree Sparrow  
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow  
Dark-eyed Junco  
Northern Cardinal  
House Finch  
Pine Siskin  
American Goldfinch  
House Sparrow

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell

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