Bird Roll Call: March 16, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Blue jay
  • Carolina wren
  • Common grackle
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Red-winged blackbird (male)
  • White-throated sparrow

It was a rainy day, and I didn’t spend as much time as usual watching the birds. I did take peanuts out for the blue jays mid-morning. Three jays landed in the nearest tree and began chattering at me, something the sounded like a combination of delighted and demand tones. In the afternoon, the entire neighborhood was flooded with alarm calls from birds. A red-tailed hawk was flying from one house to another in a loose spiral. All day long, the male red-winged blackbird sang his song and its variations. I kept the window cracked so I could hear him.

Location — in my backyard.