Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 2/23/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Today was a very good morning for birding here in Stoney Creek. Right off the bat I saw a Downy Woodpecker, two Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Many of the birds came in pairs. I soon saw a pair of Downy Woodpeckers and a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. I saw a pair of Eastern Towhees (my first of year), and at least three Eastern Phoebes. Can spring be far behind?

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers

Northern Mockingbird

Song Sparrows

But it was the hawks that once again put on the main act. Crows were mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk, and an adult Red-shouldered Hawk flew into a nearby tree to see what was going on, perhaps making sure that one of its juveniles was not in trouble. A few minutes later, one of the juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks flew overhead, making lots of noise as it approached and then circled.

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Farther down the way I heard another crow harassing a hawk - this time it was a boldly colored Red-tailed Hawk.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

This morning's list (25 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Blue Jay
American Goldfinch
American Crow
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Eastern Phoebe
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mourning Dove
Canada Goose

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