Sunday, December 27, 2015

Last outing for 2015!

Barred Owl

I probably won't return to Pheasant Branch Conservancy during the final few days remaining of 2015. Feeling a little cabin feverish, I walked some of the conservancy's trails after lunch today. Without putting in an extensive effort like last weekend, I still managed to find a couple owls. One of the Barred Owls was perched like a little ghost at its usual winter roost and a Great Horned Owl was getting mobbed by American Crows on the east side of the woods. I checked a few of the sparrow spots, but only came up with Dark-eyed Juncos, American Tree Sparrows, and White-throated Sparrows. There are still Sandhill Cranes present on account of the mild weather we've been having.

Hopefully I'll find time to put together a year-in-review post for 2015 sometime this week. If not, I'll return in 2016 for another year of birding, digiscoping, and blogging from Pheasant Branch Conservancy and other nearby natural areas!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Dec 27, 2015 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
25 species

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Barred Owl image © 2015 Mike McDowell

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