Bird Roll Call: March 18, 2018

  • American crow1
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,2
  • Black-capped chickadee1
  • Blue jay1,2
  • Bufflehead (three pairs)2
  • Canada goose2
  • Common grackle1,2
  • Dark-eyed junco1,2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • Eastern bluebird2
  • European starling1,2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Killdeer2
  • Mallard2
  • Mourning dove1,2
  • Northern cardinal1
  • Northern flicker1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • White-throated sparrow1
  • Wood duck2

Today, I saw two American robins leaping off a neighbor’s roof over and over again. They would land on the roof, run over to its edge, leap down to the ground, and fly back up to the roof. While all of this was going on, a blue jay was riffling through leaves in the home’s gutter. It was all very enteratining.

I also saw a male northern cardinal feed a safflower seed to a female. He flew over to the fence where she was perched. She responded by hopping away from him. He pursued her and extended his seed-filled beak. She took the seed and held it in her beak until another male flew to the other side of her. She dropped the seed and flew away.

At Meadowbrook Park, we saw a dead mallard lying by the trail. The red-tailed hawk perched in a nearby tree told us all we needed to know. The hawk wasn’t able to return to the duck, at least not while we were there, because it got caught up in what appeared to be an altercation with two other red-tailed hawks.

Locations — in my backyard and at Meadowbrook Park.

1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Meadowbrook Park