Archive for April, 2019

Spring Has Sprung!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2019 by Jordan Spindel

Date: April 21, 2019

Weather: Mid 60s, partly cloudy

Time: 11:05-11:55 am

Birds seen at spot: Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker (heard), American Crow. Black-Capped Chickadee, Dark-Eyed Junco (heard), Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (heard)

Birds seen elsewhere: Pine Warbler (heard), Winter Wren (heard), White-Throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-Winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, Brown Creeper (heard). American Robin, Blue Jay (heard)

Over the last several days, our area has undergone a dramatic change. For the first time in more than five months, we have gone more than a week without snow cover. This has led to plants finally starting to spring to life (no pun intended). The grounds around my spot are starting to become covered in ferns, and several tree species are beginning to bud.

Boxelder buds

It’s not just the trees that are undergoing change, but also the birds that are here. New migrants, such as the Eastern Phoebe I saw singing today, are arriving.

Eastern Phoebe

This bird is among the first migrants to arrive, and one of the more common nesting birds in the area. A unique way to bird in the spring is by listening to bird songs by ear. By doing this, I was able to identify a couple other migrants, including Pine Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and Brown Creeper. Spring is truly progressing, and I look forward to see the how the thicker changes in the future.

When Will Greenery Show?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2019 by Jordan Spindel

Date: April 2, 2018

Time: 9:15-9:45 am

Weather: Low 30s, sunny

Birds seen: Black-Capped Chickadee, American Crow, American Robin, Pine Siskin (heard), American Goldfinch (heard), Dark-Eyed Junco (heard), American Crow, Downy Woodpecker (heard), Turkey Vulture (FOS).

Today, I went into Centennial Woods hoping spring had sprung. Unfortunately, there has been little change in vegetation or animals so far. All I could find that was green were a few ferns that were just starting to bloom. Most of the snow cover has melted, and it was pretty muddy. As for birds, I did see several Turkey Vultures heading north, the first spring migrants in Burlington.

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