Monday, February 21, 2011

Waning Wolf Moon Riding High and GBBC

We have had a recent blast of cold from the north and with that our little feathered friends have been a bit sparse, until today that is.

The GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count) of February 18 through 21, yielded the following species during the various time periods I observed:

1 - Bald Eagle
1 - Hawk, Cooper's
1 - Hawk, Red-shouldered
1 - Hawk, Sharp-shinned
1 - Hawk, Sharp-shinned or Cooper's
100's - Canadian Geese
1 - Chickadee, Chestnut-backed
3 - Chickadee, Black-capped
6 - Dark-eyed Junco
1 - Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 - Ring-necked Pheasant
6 - Mountain Quail
2 - Song Sparrow
3 - Spotted Towhee
5 - Steller's Jay
6 - Wild Turkeys

This Sharp-shinned hawk flew into the window, but quickly gained his footing, flew to the paperbark Maple, and subsequently went on his way.

Right outside my window: by the time I saw and grabbed my camera, the camera got so excited that it couldn't focus. Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk?... not distinguishable. I'm assuming he flew in for a quick bite to eat.