Friday, April 13, 2018

Birds of Friday the 13th

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus with melanin deficiency
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus with melanin deficiency
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus with melanin deficiency
Beatboxing Groundhog Marmota monax
  Almost no machete killers were spotted on a 3.5 hour bimble from west to east. My everything is sore. The snow was mostly gone except in shady spots, although that could change with Sunday’s predicted blizzard/freezing rain. There was much lusty singing in the cemeteries today, most notably from Song Sparrows, Northern Cardinals, and packs of Dark-eyed Juncos. Lovely. 
  I was mildly surprised at the absence of Fox Sparrows or Eastern Phoebes - guess they’ll be here by mid-week, after the precipitation that’s blocking up the northern movement pushes on.
  In the northeast corner of NDN, I got good looks at a female Hairy Woodpecker with an interesting melanin deficiency that resulted in a washed-out look to its flight feathers, tail, and crown. 
  Several sleepy-looking Groundhogs were seen sunning themselves and feeding, with some looking decidedly gaunt. 
  Oh, and I saw a Woodcock.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), April 13, 2018
Great Blue Heron-1 vizzing northeast
Turkey Vulture-5
Cooper’s Hawk-1 (1)
Peregrine Falcon-(1 on the tower)
American Woodcock-1 flushed from G4 to Oak Ridge, gave great binocular views
Ring-billed Gull-4 (35+)
Downy Woodpecker-2 (3)
Hairy Woodpecker-2 (3)
Northern Flicker-1
American Crow-10+ (6)
Black-capped Chickadee-11 (9)
White-breasted Nuthatch-2 (2)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
American Robin-25+ (12)
Northern Cardinal-5 (4)
Song Sparrow-10+ (10)
White-throated Sparrow-1 skulking on Pine Hill Side
Dark-eyed Junco-35+ (20)
American Goldfinch-4 (1)
House Finch-1

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