Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring is Here!

Well, spring really did get here.  Yesterday in Twin Cities it got to be 59 degrees.  Had the day off to scope a location for National Park Service bird banding program coming up.  Found several species of birds either singing, or fueling up.  American Goldfinches were singing and eating on recently budded trees; American Robins were singing and eating; Red-bellied Woodpecker was working his tongue (see pic) into bark for grubs; got a red-tailed hawk with a very full crop!; and finally, Dark-eyed (slate colored) juncos, SINGING!  Birds of North America lists this as an occasional occurence on non-breeding grounds, so not unheard of.  Pretty great to see and hear, though!

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