[mou] Cook Co. blizzard birds
Jim & Carol Tveekrem
jotcat at boreal.org
Fri Apr 11 18:02:55 CDT 2008
We had roughly 10 inches of snow by this morning, less than an inch
additional before it stopped around noon. Feeders were caked with snow,
but chickadees had opened the way to seeds by the time we got outside to
brush things off. Junco numbers have been increasing since the first
one showed up last Friday, April 4, but today brought the most we had
seen so far, at least 25.
First of Year birds:
*Amer. Tree Sparrow
pair of *N. Cardinals, first seen April 9, singing in yard yesterday
morning. Cardinals reported last week by friends in Tofte - 3 miles
away. Possibly one male had been present all winter. Numbers of these
are slowly increasing.
*Mourning Dove - also seen yesterday
Still here, although not seen until late afternoon - *Harris' Sparrow.
That species should be able to deal with blowing snow.
Seen yesterday for first time but gone today - *Amer. Robins
*White-breasted Nuthatch (usually nests in neighborhood, but hadn't been
seen since early winter)
Also gone today, but probably not far: Eur. Starling.
No waterfowl in the big lake today, just big breaking waves, and a few
rugged *Herring Gulls, sometimes flying straight into the wind and
making good headway.
Schroeder, Cook Co.
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