Bird Roll Call: March 21, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Black-capped chickadee (heard)
  • Blue jay
  • Common grackle
  • Cooper’s hawk (juvenile)
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker (heard)
  • Pine siskin
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Turkey vulture (overhead)
  • White-throated sparrow

A turkey vulture flew over the house again today. In the afternoon, I was inside the house when I heard a loud window strike. I ran to the window and looked out, expecting to see a dead bird on the ground. Instead, I saw the juvenile Cooper’s hawk on top of a mourning dove, its wings spread wide. My guess is that the hawk was pursuing the mourning dove and the latter flew into the window (and died on impact) in a panicked attempt at escape.

Starlings pecked their way through one of our eaves today and started building a nest in the attic. I could hear the commotion from my office window.

Location — in my backyard.