Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Bird Notes

If you have ever noticed small flocks of 10-30 birds scatter as you drive down a midwestern winter country road you are very likely seeing Horned Larks.

Another common winter bird in the Midwest is the Dark-Eyed Junco, we usually get the Slate-Colored subspecies in Illinois, but I recently had an Oregon Junco subspecies at my bird feeder.

About a month ago I spent a couple hours in an oak forest that had recently been burned.  The Red-Headed Woodpeckers were abundant!  I suspect the the fire made acorns much easier to find and that they were taking advantage of the easy picking!

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