Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 3/24/2011

Although we only had a little less than 1/2 inch of rain last night, the strong winds brought down some power lines and we were out of power for almost six hours - glad we have a generator that keeps most of the necessities running.

It was chilly, but sunny this morning; however, the strong winds were still here, and the wind chill made it feel far below the 50 degree temperature. I saw four Pied-billed Grebes on Lake Monocan - the first time I have ever seen more than two of them there. There were a few Canada Geese, Bluebirds, Song and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Turkey Vultures, and Cardinals. In the small pine forest along Deer Run, there were some Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and one or perhaps two Pine Warblers. An Eastern Phoebe posed for a few close-up shots.

Pied-billed Grebe

Eastern Phoebe

Our yard proved to be a good birding site as well, even though it was cloudy this afternoon. To today's list I added three Flickers, 30 or so Robins, a Pileated Woodpecker, a male and female Downy Woodpecker, and a Red-shouldered Hawk did a fly-by carrying nesting material. A first year Red-winged Blackbird was calling near our pond.


Female Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

First year Red-winged Blackbird

Red-shouldered Hawk

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