|Audubon's Call to its Christmas Bird Count|
|Slide from Greg Braun's habitat presentation|
|A little green heron in our front pond.|
Supplying water is part of habitat building.
|Here this red shouldered hawk|
captured a mole from the front
yard and was probably the one
that took the wrens.
|A pair of pileated woodpeckers on our redbay trees,|
which are now gone, because of that dreadful fungus.
See Red Bay Trees are Dying
Our most recent bird adventure was seeing a woodcock! Last week as we were finishing dinner, I saw an animal rooting around in the backyard, but because it was getting dark I couldn't figure what it was--a squirrel without a tail? a bunny digging a hole?? It was not too far from the house, but with binoculars I could see that it was a bird, which I then identified as a woodcock! My husband had seen one earlier in the week down by the lake, but thought it was a shore bird. A new bird for both of us. Since then we've seen a single woodcock several times in the back yard and once we saw two woodcocks fly in at one time. I was prepared with a camera, but the light was too low for any type of photo with our point & shoot camera--even with a flash. They do a little wooble each time they stab their long bills into the lawn. Cute!
|Woodcock--photo from Wiki-commons|
Audubon runs a Christmas bird count each year in December and January, so it's not too late to participate. See Audubon's bird count website for more information. The Green Blog on the NYTimes also posted an article about the importance of the annual bird count.