End of year birding slowdown

By , December 30, 2011 4:58 pm

Our birdwatching has slowed to a crawl. We record virtually all the birds we see and in July observations for 2 days would cover 50 lines on a screen. In December I can get almost 6 days on the same 50 lines. During the warm months most of our birding excitement was at home, but now most of our interesting birds are found away from home. Shawnne has seen a Bald Eagle and a Kestrel recently and we both have seen the Red-tailed Hawk. All of these we seen while on the road. We have been hoping for some cold weather and some snow. That usually convinces birds to try for the easy meal at the feeder rather work hard for what’s available in December. The odd weather, I am sure, has affected birdwatching. It is much warmer than usual. It is a bit early for Redpolls, but perhaps if we had some cold weather we might get them here.

The best bird photo recently is of a Pileated Woodpecker. This a photo of a female who has been frequenting our feeders. When we were in Randall we saw them all the time. Here we here them sometimes and get them at our feeders rarely.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

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