Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 12/1/10

We had 3 inches of rain overnight, and there was a tornado watch until 9:00 this morning. The skies cleared mid-morning, but the temperature stayed in the low 40s with 30 mile per hour wind gusts. After doing some house maintenance chores this morning, I headed out early afternoon around 1:15 to see what the northwest winds might have blown in.

Most of the smaller birds were staying close to the brush, and I did not venture into heavily wooded areas because large falling branches were still a concern. However, I did manage to see 20 species in less than two hours.

Canada Goose
American Crow
Eastern Bluebird
Common Raven

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron

White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal

Cedar Waxwing
Blue Jay
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Mockingbird

The was a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my street, and a female near the pond at Rodes Farm. Although Mallards are not that unusual here, there was a flock of 22 of them on the pond there.

male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


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