March 17, 2016

Today was a very exciting birding experience. We got to Oakledge Park around 7:45 AM, and our TA Sean lead us through the park. It was a clear, sunny morning around 46 degrees F, with little wind and calm waters. We started off by hearing a Song Sparrow call from the parking lot, which Sean mentioned was the first he has heard this season. We heard a few more while there, and there was way more calling from different species of birds in general than I have heard yet this season, which was also exciting. A lot of Common Grackles were flying overhead in flocks, which have only been back for about a week and a half.

The most exciting part of our time was seeing the Great Horned Owl. It flew in while we were looking at gulls. It caused a lot of activity from other birds, especially a flock of American Crows that followed it into the tree. I thought it was fascinating to see an owl out of its normal nocturnal habitat, and the crows so fearlessly mobbing it. A few gulls flew by too, and other songbirds were calling when we walked closer to where we assumed the owl was. Through a spotting scope I could clearly see it's yellow eyes and distinctive facial feathers. Even without a scope or binoculars, the sheer size of the bird was obvious and very impressive. An awesome start to the day!

It was also nice to see the three Common Mergansers swimming in the lake. Using the spotting scope again, it was cool to see the females' brown coloring and "fuzzy" head plumage, and the male's sleek, iridescent green head and black and white body. What a beautiful species.

I'm really looking forward to learning and seeing more species as they return to Burlington for spring.

Publicado el 17 de marzo de 2016 a las 08:58 PM por kirsticarr kirsticarr

Observaciones

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Gorrión Cantor (Melospiza melodia)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 07:50 AM EDT

Descripción

Clear song, with three notes followed by a trill.

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Cardenal Rojo (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 07:50 AM EDT

Descripción

Singing in the white pines.

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Zanate Norteño (Quiscalus quiscula)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:00 AM EDT

Descripción

Calling and flying in a flock overhead, moving from tree to tree.

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Gaviota Plateada (Larus argentatus)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 2016

Descripción

Maybe 2nd year, out on the water. Larger than ring-billed.

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Gaviota Pico Anillado (Larus delawarensis)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:00 AM EDT

Descripción

A few juveniles on the shore, as well as in the water. Smaller than herring gulls and marks on bill.

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Búho Cornudo (Bubo virginianus)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 2016

Descripción

Perched on top of a tree, flew in for a few minutes before flying away. Was being mobbed by a flock of crows, as well as a few gulls. Caused a great deal of commotion.

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Cuervo Norteamericano (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:20 AM EDT

Descripción

A flock mobbing a Great-Horned Owl that flew in. Very active.

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Junco Ojos Negros (Junco hyemalis)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:25 AM EDT

Descripción

One sitting on a white pine branch, calling.

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Bajapalos Pecho Blanco (Sitta carolinensis)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:25 AM EDT

Descripción

Pecking at some dead branches, flying back and forth through trees

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Ganso Canadiense Mayor (Branta canadensis)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:15 AM EDT

Descripción

Two geese swimming near the shore of the bay.

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Mergo Mayor (Mergus merganser)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:15 AM EDT

Descripción

Two females and one male, swimming in the open water.

Fotos / Sonidos

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Carbonero Copetón (Baeolophus bicolor)

Autor

kirsticarr

Fecha

Marzo 17, 2016 a las 08:40 AM EDT

Descripción

Seemed to be a young male, tufted head and tone of a titmouse, but it's song was a bit off.

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Great entry and observations. Thanks!

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