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It’s a Full-fledged New Year

It’s a Full-fledged New Year

Bird experts Dana Jewell and Ingeborg Burggraf are well known around the Fells for their bird expertise and more (have you SEEN Ingeborg’s art? Wow.) Most of us aren’t as good at spotting birds as they are, but it is not rare to spot those two out there–the odds of catching a glimpse of them heading off from a trail head on any given day is pretty high.

So it is no surprise that they were birdwatching as soon as the new year started. For those curious about what an example of a bird survey looks like in early winter in the Fells, here are their results from January 1-3:

(Note:  We are aware the pileated woodpecker in the cover photo is not on the list.  That’s was an exciting sighting from two days ago, and we couldn’t resist sharing that, too!)

January 1-3, 2016, Melrose–First Bird List

  • 17 Mallards
  • 1 Wood Duck
  • 6 Geese
  • 2 Herring Gulls
  • 20 Ring Billed Gulls
  • 1 Cardinal
  • 1 Mockingbird
  • 3 Robins
  • 11 Chickadees
  • 3 Hooded Mergansers
  • 1 White Nuthatch
  • 6 Blue Jays
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 4 Goldfinch
  • 1 Screech Owl
  • 1 Yellow Breasted Chat
  • 110 Starlings
  • 1 Song Sparrow
  • 8 Jumcos
  • 2 Titmouse
  • 2 Housefinch
  • 1 Caroling Wren
  • 1 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Greater Whitefronted Goose

Yesterday, we asked about bald eagle sightings on our Facebook feed.  Now we know what else Dana and Inge have been seeing out there.  How about you?

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