Flicker at Wilket Creek: April 23, 2022

Cold temperatures, strong winds and threatening rain seemed to keep our bird numbers low during both walks today at Wilket Creek. In fact, the only birds singing apart from near the parking lot feeders were a Chipping Sparrow in the morning:

Chipping Sparrow

and a Northern Flicker in the afternoon. Flickers are seen on the ground more often than other woodpeckers, investigating ant hills for their preferred food, ants. The afternoon group had a good look at this one:

Northern Flicker (female)
Northern Flicker (female)
Northern Flicker (female)
Northern Flicker (female)
Northern Flicker (female)

Other birds:

Mourning Dove
Mallards
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
Song Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-tailed hawk
Northern Cardinal (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Red-tailed hawk
Northern Cardinal (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Mallards (male)
Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (male) this bird must have slept under another last evening
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch

8 am group:

11:30 am group:

NATURE POETRY

The Wind

O you that are so strong and cold,

O blower, are you young or old?

Are you a beast of field and tree,

Or just a stronger child than me?

O wind, a-blowing all day long,

O wind, that sings so loud a song! – Robert Louis Stevenson

Miles Hearn


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