Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The New Year Begins!



It was -4 degrees Fahrenheit when I arrived at Pheasant Branch Conservancy this morning, but a day off work shouldn't be wasted by staying indoors. The snow squeaked with each step I took and I was a little self-conscious of how much noise it was making as I made my way down the trail in my Asolo boots. As for birds, there were no major changes compared to Sunday, but there were a few birds I missed today that I was hoping to find on this inaugural day of birding for the new year. My first bird of the year was a Dark-eyed Junco, and my first digiscoped bird was a Northern Cardinal (above). After PBC I went to Marshall Park to scan Lake Mendota and still found open water. Most of the Tundra Swans and Common Mergansers that were there on Sunday were gone. There were still a few Common Goldeneye and Buffleheads, and a Bald Eagle soared overhead. Including some Rock Pigeons I saw along Highway 14 on my way home, I tallied 31 species for the day.

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Jan 1, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
26 species

Canada Goose 
Mallard 
Cooper's Hawk 
Bald Eagle 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
American Robin 
American Tree Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
House Finch 
Pine Siskin 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

Northern Cardinal © 2013 Mike McDowell

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