Date: 1/7/20 4:08 pm From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Subject: Birds and Snow
This morning, we drove around Canaan Valley looking for the Rough-legged Hawk that Randy Bodkins saw yesterday. We did not blame it for hunkering down somewhere with the snow coming down. When we could not find it, we went home and continued counting birds at our feeders for Project FeederWatch. With the snow, we had many birds. The most numerous were American Goldfinches with 33 counted at one time. In second place were the Dark-eyed Juncos with 16 at one time. The only other sparrows we have just now are the Song and White-throated Sparrows.
It is interesting to observe feeder behaviors. When the Blue Jays come screaming in everyone scatters. However, the Blue Jays move aside for the Red-bellied Woodpeckers. The lone Carolina Wren doesn't seem to move aside for anybody. The Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatches carry their food off elsewhere to either store or eat it. Finally, the Mourning Doves come in and sweep up after everyone. The earliest and latest birds are often the Northern Cardinals. Oh, yes, by the tracks, the White-tailed Deer come at night looking for leftovers.
Fourteen species were at the feeders today. I hope the Hairy Woodpecker comes in tomorrow. Otherwise, we will keep our eyes open for the oddball. Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County