Sunday, November 29, 2015

November Ends

American Tree Sparrow

I tallied 60 bird species at Pheasant Branch Conservancy this month, besting my previous November record of 59 set in 2013. My 9-year average is 54 species. This is the first November since 2009 that I failed to find a Northern Shrike at the prairie/savanna. The surprise of the month was the Black-billed Cuckoo I found on the 14th and a somewhat late Eastern Towhee on the 15th. A few birders are still finding late warblers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Northern Parula. Of course the big birding news in Wisconsin right now is the Lewis's Woodpecker near Galesville. Naturally, I didn't chase it, though I would love to see one at Pheasant Branch some day!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Nov 29, 2015 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
39 species

Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow © 2015 Mike McDowell

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