Bird Roll Call: March 31, 2018

  • American crow4
  • American goldfinch1
  • American kestrel2
  • American robin2,3,4
  • Black-capped chickadee1,2
  • Blue jay1
  • Blue-winged teal3
  • Brown creeper2
  • Brown-headed cowbird2
  • Bufflehead3
  • Canada goose3,4
  • Common grackle1,2,3
  • Cooper’s hawk1
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Double-crested cormorant2
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • Eastern bluebird2,3
  • European starling1,4
  • Fox sparrow 22
  • Great blue heron2
  • Harris’s sparrow2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Killdeer2
  • Mallard3,4
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Northern flicker2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2
  • Red-tailed hawk (heard)3
  • Red-winged blackbird1,2
  • Ring-billed gull2
  • Rock pigeon4
  • Tree swallow2
  • Trumpeter swan4
  • Turkey vulture1,2
  • White-breasted nuthatch2
  • White-throated sparrow1
  • Yellow-rumped warbler2

Locations — in my backyard, at Heritage Park, at Meadowbrook Park, and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Heritage Park
3. Seen at Meadowbrook Park
4. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: March 30, 2018

  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,2
  • Black-capped chickadee1
  • Blue jay1,2
  • Canada goose3
  • Carolina wren2
  • Common grackle1
  • Cooper’s hawk1
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1,2
  • Eastern phoebe2
  • European starling1
  • Great blue heron2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Killdeer (heard)3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1
  • Northern flicker (heard)2
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1,2
  • Song sparrow2
  • White-breasted nuthatch2
  • White-throated sparrow1,2
  • Wood duck3

While walking with a friend in Corporate Woods, we came upon an American robin hanging, dead, from a tree. The bird was tangled in fishing line, a known hazard to wildlife. It was terrible to see the bird hanging there like that by one leg. What terror it must have felt at not being able to get free. I am so ashamed of the things humans do that harm animals, and I feel such heartache for the animals who suffer needlessly. I’m going to go back to cut the bird down and remove the large tangle of line that’s still in the tree posing a risk to other birds.

Of note, I also saw a white-tailed deer and a red-eared slider on this outing.

Locations — in my backyard, at Corporate Woods, and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Corporate Woods
3. Seen at while driving

Bird Roll Call: March 29, 2018

  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1
  • Black-capped chickadee1
  • Blue jay1
  • Brown creeper (two)1
  • Bufflehead3
  • Canada goose2,3
  • Common grackle1
  • Cooper’s hawk / sharp-shinned hawk3
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • Eastern bluebird3
  • European starling1
  • Golden-crowned kinglet1
  • Great blue heron2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Killdeer2,3
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • Red-tailed hawk1
  • White-throated sparrow1
  • Wood duck3

Locations — in my backyard, at Indian Creek, and at Meadowbrook Park.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Indian Creek
3. Seen at Meadowbrook Park

Bird Roll Call: March 28, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Blue jay
  • Brown creeper
  • Common grackle
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • White-throated sparrow

Today, I saw a European starling who only had the use of one leg. The bird was able to eat pieces of suet that had fallen to the ground and to perch on the birdbath.

Location — in my backyard.

Bird Roll Call: March 27, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue jay
  • Brown creeper
  • Common grackle
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • Golden-crowned kinglet (one)
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Ruby-crowned kinglet (two)*,**
  • White-throated sparrow

Location — in my backyard. A single asterisk indicates first sighting. A double asterisk indicates first sighting in my yard.

Bird Roll Call: March 26, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue jay
  • Carolina wren
  • Common grackle
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker (male and female)
  • Pine siskin
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Red-winged blackbird (male)
  • White-throated sparrow

Location — in my backyard.

Bird Roll Call: March 25, 2018

  • American crow2
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,2
  • Black-capped chickadee1
  • Blue jay1
  • Brown creeper1
  • Carolina wren (heard)1
  • Common grackle1
  • Cooper’s hawk (juvenile)1
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • European starling1,2
  • Gull sp. (overhead)2
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Northern flicker (heard)1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • Red-tailed hawk1,2
  • Rock pigeon2
  • White-breasted nuthatch1
  • White-throated sparrow1

Locations — in my backyard and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: March 24, 2018

  • American crow1,3
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1,3
  • Bald eagle3
  • Blue jay1
  • Brown creeper (two)1
  • Bufflehead (three pairs)2
  • Canada goose3
  • Carolina wren (heard)1
  • Common grackle1,3
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • European starling1,3
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Mallard2,3
  • Mourning dove1,3
  • Northern cardinal1,2
  • Northern flicker (male and female)1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • Red-tailed hawk (two flying together)3
  • Red-winged blackbird3
  • White-breasted nuthatch1
  • White-throated sparrow1

There were birds all over the yard today. It was wonderful. I put a new suet feeder out, one that’s starling-proof. The downy woodpeckers and northern flickers checked it out, but they aren’t sure how to get at the suet.

The male and female northern flickers perched in one of the sweetgum trees for a long time. The wind mussed their feathers. They looked like they weren’t sure what to do next. Dark-eyed juncos and white-throated sparrows hopped around on the lawn like robotic toys. American goldfinches and pine siskins amiably shared the two nyjer feeders. Common grackles, house finches, house sparrows, mourning doves, and northern cardinals occupied the pole feeder all day. In the evening, a male white-breasted nuthatch bustled up and down one of the sweetgums. A bit later, two brown creepers scaled the shaggy bark of the silver maple. As the sun set, I heard a Carolina wren singing day into night. He must have had a good meal to sing like that.

I saw several birds while my partner and I ran errands in the morning. The most notable was a bald eagle flying over 103rd Street just east of Antioch with a squirrel in its talons. I believe I also saw several juvenile bald eagles in the sky in Shawnee, Kansas.

Locations — in my backyard, at Meadowbrook Park, and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen at Meadowbrook Park
3. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: March 23, 2018

  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1
  • Blue jay1
  • Black-capped chickadee (heard)1
  • Common grackle1
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • European starling1
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Mallard2
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1
  • Northern flicker1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • White-throated sparrow1

I had to take one of the suet feeders down because the starlings were mobbing it. As soon as it was gone, the downy woodpeckers started spending more time at the nearby upside-down suet feeder. I didn’t realize how much the starlings’ presence was bothering them. The blue jays have no use for my peanut feeder now that it’s warmed up and there’s other food available. They fly away now when I come out to fill it. I miss seeing four of five of them flying to the feeder at once.

Tonight, my lawn was littered with juncos, white-throated sparrows, and mourning doves. Cardinals, finches, and sparrows crowded the feeders. I never feel alone when birds are near.

Locations — in my backyard and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen while driving

Bird Roll Call: March 22, 2018

  • American crow1
  • American goldfinch1
  • American robin1
  • Blue jay1
  • Black-capped chickadee (heard)1
  • Carolina wren1
  • Common grackle1
  • Dark-eyed junco1
  • Downy woodpecker1
  • European starling1
  • House finch1
  • House sparrow1
  • Killdeer2
  • Mourning dove1
  • Northern cardinal1
  • Northern flicker1
  • Pine siskin1
  • Red-bellied woodpecker1
  • Red-tailed hawk2
  • White-throated sparrow1

Locations — in my backyard and while driving across town.


1. Seen at home
2. Seen while driving