- American goldfinch1
- American robin1
- Barred owl (two heard singing duet)1
- Black-capped chickadee (heard)1
- Blue jay1
- Common grackle1
- Cooper’s hawk (adult and juvenile)2
- Dark-eyed junco1
- Downy woodpecker1
- European starling1
- Gull sp. (overhead)1
- House finch1
- House sparrow1
- Mourning dove1
- Northern cardinal1
- Northern flicker (heard)1
- Northern mockingbird2
- Red-bellied woodpecker1
- Red-winged blackbird (about three hundred)2
- Red-tailed hawk2
- White-throated sparrow1
I saw the adult Cooper’s hawk in the morning shortly after I woke up. A juvenile Cooper’s hawk flew through the yard and landed on the neighbor’s utility line in the evening.
My partner and I went out at dusk and saw several hundred (at least three hundred by my estimation) red-winged blackbirds in the Prairiefire Wetlands. They were briefly pursued by two red-tailed hawks who had a tussle with one another over hunting rights before they decided to turn in for the night. A single northern mockingbird kept the blackbirds company.
Just after 10 p.m., I heard two barred owls cawing and hooting at one another in a courtship duet similar to the audio file titled “Duet (Northern)” at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website. I believe the two live in a nest in my neighbor’s tree one house back and one house over.
Locations — in my backyard and at the Prairiefire Wetlands.
1. Seen at home
2. Seen near the Prairiefire Wetlands