01-27-15 Bird Field Note

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01-27-15 Bird Field Note

January 26, 2015

Eric Rasmussen's field note shows a Pileated Woodpecker, an American Kestrel, and a Bohemian Waxwing.

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Bird Field Note Eric Rasmussen 01/27/2015

Chokecherries still hang in Woodchuck Creek, ready for winter foraging birds like American Robins or waxwings.

The bright red crest of a Pileated Woodpecker stands out in a winter landscape.

A leg-banded Merlin scans for unsuspecting flocks of birds near the entrance.

Gray Partridges forage in open grass as warm weather melts the snow.

A male American Kestrel devours a meal from a safe perch.

Seeds protrude through snow, providing food for an American Tree Sparrow.

Portions of Woodchuck Creek provide open water most of the winter. A single American Robin takes advantage of a muddy seep.

Bohemian Waxwings typically forage above ground, gleaning berries from branches or hawking insects from the air. This lone bird broke from a flock in search of something on the forest floor.

A Ruffed Grouse hides in a tangle of chokecherry and hawthorn.

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