Archivos de Diario para abril 2020

08 de abril de 2020

Migration Field Journal

Today I went to Farrell Park in South Burlington to see what birds I could observe. I started at 5:05 pm and finished around 6:30. The weather was a nice change from my recent posts, it was a warm 51 degrees with a gentle breeze. The sky was cloudy but there were times where the sun shone through. I walked to a field in the park and sat down at the edge of the field. The habitat was open in front of me and wooded behind me. The main species here were birch and oak trees and the field I was sitting at was just turf grass. This park is close to the road so I could hear some cars going by. I sat at the edge of the field for about thirty minutes. I wanted the birds to get used to my presence so I might be able to observe them more. The first bird I saw was a Ring-billed Gull that was soaring up above. I noticed a few of these as I was sitting here but they never landed in the park. There were some shrubby plants behind me that the Black-capped Chickadees found to be interesting. I made some noise to attract them and they came closer to me. I sat and listened to all the sounds around me. I could hear woodpeckers pecking on trees in opposite sides of the park. Eventually one of them came closer to me and I was able to get a good look at it through my binoculars. I eventually moved from this spot because I got frustrated that I kept hearing this bird that sounded so close but I couldn't see it anywhere. I looked through my app on my phone trying to figure out what species might be making this constant "chip" call. Finally, I stood up and realized that the noise was actually coming from a chipmunk. After that, I walked around the perimeter of the field and through some of the paths in the park. I noticed a nest that was hanging from a tree. It looked like it could have been a Baltimore Oriole nest left from last year.
I noticed that there were some insects out now that it is warming up and the snow has all melted. This could be one reason that birds might start to return from migration soon. They might be depleting food there now and need a new food source. Another motivation would be that coming back early gives you access to the best places to set up a nest or places with the best food availability because there are not established territories yet. The American Robins I saw probably don't need to migrate because they survive the winter by eating fruit and they can switch right over to worms once it warms up outside. They have all the resources they need here in Vermont so they have no reason to expend energy on a migration.
As for the min-activity, I did not see any migratory species on this walk. I did, however, talk to my Dad who is in CT. He told me that there was a Northern Flicker pecking at our gutter the other day. The Northern Flicker only migrates down to the southern part of the U.S., so probably about a thousand miles.

Anotado en abril 08, miércoles 23:29 por maryrosek maryrosek | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de abril de 2020

Backyard Birds

Today, April 14, I observed birds from the window in my room that looks out into our backyard. The habitat could be described as very urban, but there is a row of Eastern White Cedars behind our building that does get quite a bit of bird traffic. I have noticed that some birds prefer the higher branches while others are content on the ground below where there is a layer of needles or on the lower part of the trunk that has only very small branches. I started by observations at 5:50 am and I was done at 7:30 am. As far as the weather, it was about 35 degrees and cloudy with a slight breeze.

Anotado en abril 14, martes 18:45 por maryrosek maryrosek | 10 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de abril de 2020

Spring Activities

I started my observations today, April 22, 2020 at 3:42 and I finished at 5:25. I observed birds that were in my backyard in Burlington. It is mostly cedar and oak trees around my house. Today was cold and windy, the temperature was about 32 degrees. The sky was overcast.

One behavior I noticed today was a Robin that was collecting little twigs for nest material. It was not too brightly colored so I think that it was a female. I also noticed some Robins that were pecking at the ground looking for worms and other insects. I think at this point they are probably looking for food to fuel up and prepare to mate and raise a clutch and not looking for food to feed the chicks yet.

I have also observed a European Starling nest that has formed in the corner of my neighbor's gutter. There is a hole in the gutter that allows the birds to get inside and be protected from whatever is going on outside. I can see what looks like some dry straw or grass that is sticking out of the hole and probably is a piece of the nest padding inside the cavity in the gutter. I think that this might seem like a good place to nest because it is hidden but it might not be as convenient when a heavy rainstorm comes and washes the nest down the gutter.

I think that a Northern Cardinal might be nesting in one of the cedar trees behind the house. I observed a female working on building a nest there last week. I read online that Cardinals use twigs, vines, and strips of bark to build their nests. Usually they put them in dense vegetation 1-15 ft off of the ground.

Anotado en abril 22, miércoles 22:09 por maryrosek maryrosek | 9 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

28 de abril de 2020

Final observations

I started my walk on April 28 at the Ethan Allen Homestead. It was 55 degrees and sunny with a few clouds. There was also a slight breeze. I started at 2:32 pm and I ended at 4:19. The habitat could be described as a wetland or riparian area. There were fresh grasses popping up and the trees are also beginning to bloom. There was a small stream that I spotted the Great Egret eating at.

Anotado en abril 28, martes 22:16 por maryrosek maryrosek | 13 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario