Thursday, January 15, 2015

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in winter

Mid-January at FBMP is striking for its simplicity of views. The grassland parcels and edge habitats are starkly outlined; the sky is half of everything. The birds of winter include the 3 common woodpecker species, Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows, American Goldfinches, House Finches, and Pine Siskins, White-breasted Nuthatch and Black-capped Chickadees, Northern Cardinals - and last week at our feeders - several Red-winged Blackbirds. Some Snow Buntings were recorded recently. When I stay late into the evening, I usually hear a Great Horned Owl. Although it can seem quiet, there is a lot of activity. One has to stand still a little while - and it becomes apparent. I'm waiting for Common Redpolls...they should be around someday soon.

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