Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Slump!

Cooper's Hawk

January is the month I spend the least amount of time at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. I finally went birding for the first time since January 1st. I wasn't at all surprised that fewer birds were present after the snow and bitterly cold weather moved through. There was still at least one White-crowned Sparrow mingling with American Tree Sparrows in the tall grass near the retention ponds at the prairie parcel. And that's where it was the last time. It's interesting how many of these birds were in exactly the same patch of habitat as they were 12 days ago. The Song Sparrow was in the same stretch of cattails and the White-throated Sparrows were still between the little springs and the scrubby thickets near the Conservancy Condos. However, none of the owls were at their usual roosting sites.

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Jan 13, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
24 species

Canada Goose
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Cooper's Hawk © 2015 Mike McDowell

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