Friday, December 31, 2010

Roberts Wesleyan College - December 31

The Roberts Wesleyan cross country trails behind Chili Plastics are just down the road from my house and are a nice area to bird and look for less common wildflowers, like red trilliums. After a quiet morning at Oatka, I decided to swing by RWC after Aunt Mary reported a lot of birds being along the trails this morning. Things had quieted down by the time I arrived after 11 AM. There were some nice finds, however. A northern mockingbird escorted me out of the parking lot and adjacent field. This mockingbird (presumably) is the same one that was defending this territory this spring and there's a good chance that this is its nesting territory. Its sighting in this area is very consistent, according to my wife, who runs these trails several times a week. A pair of male hairy woodpeckers were also interacting with each other along this stretched, with posturing and gesturing, but no signs of aggression. They were doing the same thing when I returned an hour later. Further along, I witnessed a classic crow mobbing of a red-tailed hawk. (Yes, I also had one earlier at Oatka, today.) The red tail was perching and the crows were perching in the same tree in the classic arc around the screaming hawk. The hawk calling and occasional repositioning of hawk and the crows went on for 20+ minutes. Finally, a downy woodpecker was intent on excavating a large tree limb to the point that I was able to walk run under it, about six feet away, and have some of the excavation debris float gently down upon me. :-) I first thought it was creating a roosting cavity until I noticed it had done the same thing all along the limb every three inches or so. I assumed, therefore, it was after an insect colony. There are nesting boxes placed all along these trails, so bird life is definitely being encouraged in this region.


Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Location:     Roberts Wesleyan College
Observation date:     12/31/10
Number of species:     15

Red-tailed Hawk     1
Ring-billed Gull     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Hairy Woodpecker     3
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     6
Black-capped Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Northern Mockingbird     1
European Starling     70
American Tree Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     1
American Goldfinch     2

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