Mr. Foster's Birding Log

MR. FOSTER’S

BIRDING LOG

 

 

3.21.20

BIRDS

  1. Canada goose
  2. Northern cardinal
  3. White-breasted nuthatch
  4. Mallard
  5. Downy woodpecker
  6. Great blue heron
  7. American robin

NOTES

Left house around 6:30. Cloudy and cold. Biked to Des Plaines River. Heard nuthatch for about 4 minutes before actually finding it. Went to river bank. Some intriguing small birds I couldn’t get a good look at. Great blue heron seen taking off behind a number of trees. Looked like a plane at first.

 

3.22.20

BIRDS

  1. Northern cardinal
  2. Black-capped chickadee
  3. Red-bellied woodpecker
  4. American robin
  5. Mallard
  6. Dark-eyed junco
  7. Canada goose
  8. Red-winged blackbird

NOTES

Biked to the river at 6:15 again. This time I headed down to the floodplain. There were about 20 trees, mostly silver maples, with clear beaver gnawings. I looked around for his den, remembering what my dad told me about the loud slaps they would use to scare him away if he got too close, but I couldn’t find it. Walked south along the river. Heard the chickadees, robins, and woodpeckers singing loudly. First encounter with a junco’s flushed call, described by Sibley as “high, tinkling chips.” First red-winged blackbird call of the year as I biked home.Mr. Foster's Birding Log

Mr. Foster's Birding Log

 

3.23.20

BIRDS

  1. Northern cardinal
  2. Black-capped chickadee
  3. American robin
  4. Wood duck
  5. Mallard

NOTES

Left for the river at 6:00. I was hoping the snow would reveal the night’s work of the beaver from yesterday. I stood on top of the bank of the floodplain. Finally, a nose appeared in the water, swimming toward shore. I watched the beaver climb out of the water onto a branch, its flat tail trailing behind. Distracted by a new bird call, I turned away for a moment. When I looked back to the branch, the beaver was gone. The bird that distracted me, however, was just as exciting. The call sounded like a duck scared for its life. It was the call of a wood duck. I spotted a pair, male and female, swimming across the river. The male had the distinctive crest typical of that species. About 10 minutes late a flock of 6 wood ducks, all males, shrieked out of the sky and landed in the river.

Mr. Foster's Birding Log