Quiet Anticipation

4.10.2006, 400-445 pm
Lang -> Fieldhouse

The woods were extremely quiet, probably just due to the time of day, as a lot of bird activity was going on silently. The first few migrants are beginning to arrive, but none of the spectacular neotropicals yet, and so the silence of the woods was really striking, since in a few weeks the woods will be absolutely chaotic. Most of the trees in the woods are budding, though none have leaves yet.

  • 2 White-breasted Nuthatch – below ampitheater, a likely breeding pair feeding together on a dead snag
  • 1 Red-tailed Hawk – heard only, from below ampitheater
  • 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – hemlock bluff and crum thickets, singing.
  • 2 Mallard – below hemlock bluff, male/female pair
  • 2 Chipping Sparrow – heard only both above and below Sharples
  • American Robins – now in full song

White-breasted Nuthatch, photo by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

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