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March 2009 Bird Blog

Durham, NC  3/29/09

Egyptian Goose

Durham, NC  3/28/09

Male Eastern Bluebird        

Durham, NC  3/27/09

Mourning Dove      

Durham, NC  3/24/09

Chipping Sparrows engaged in a territorial battle        

Weymouth Woods, Moore County, NC  March 22-23, 2009

Pine Warbler, near bird feeder behind the Visitor Center, 3/22.  Note the banded leg. Hermit Thrush, deep in the woods, 3/23      

Durham, NC  3/21/09

Cedar Waxwings (two of three seen)        

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  3/20/09

Red-tailed Hawk   White-throated Sparrow Male Mallard in flight

Durham, NC  3/20/09

Male Purple Finch Female or juvenile Purple Finch  

Durham, NC  3/19/09

Northern Flicker, seen near my neighborhood swamp        

Durham, NC  3/18/09

Pine Siskin in the morning gloomYes, they're still coming! Pine Siskin Male Purple Finch    

Durham, NC  3/17/09

Dark-eyed Junco   Blue Jay    
Northern Mockingbird Grackles in flight Grackles and cowbirds    


Female House Finch        

 Durham, NC  3/16/09

Brown-headed Nuthatch making a hole in a wooden chimney.  This behavior is similar to that of Downy Woodpeckers in this respect, except that Downies can be scared off!        

Durham, NC  3/12/09

Female Northern Cardinal Male Northern Cardinal Male Purple Finch    

Carolina Beach Marina, New Hanover County, NC  3/9/09

This Brown Pelican came in for a landing, keeping an eye on me the whole time.  OK, the last picture was of a different pelican...  This was an ideal place for pelicans to catch fish, because the fish were confused by the dead end that the marina created.




Here are some more Brown Pelican pictures:



Double-crested Cormorant        

Lake Park, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/9/09

Male Mallards: Note how the angle of light makes their heads look purple instead of the usual green Pied-bill Grebe American Coot Lesser Scaup Relatively large mystery flies, which raced in rapid circles on the water before landing on this mass of algae.


Common Starling (formerly known as the European Starling).  This bird actually showed up a few blocks away from Lake Park. Northern Mockingbird, a few blocks from Lake Park

Fort Fisher Recreational Area, New Hanover County, NC  3/8/09

Red-headed Woodpecker, near Visitor Center        

Lake Park, Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, NC  3/8/09

Pied-bill Grebe Two Embden Gesse, a male Mallard, and a Chinese Goose (a domesticated version of the Swan Goose). Male Boat-tailed Grackle Female Boat-tailed Grackle Blue Swede

Fort Fisher Recreational Area (Basin Trail)  3/7/09

Yellow-rumped Warblers, a small sample of hundreds seen in the maritime forest        


More Yellow-rumped Warblers        

Durham, NC  3/4/09

American Robin This Blue Jay perched on a limb over the hawk on the right, scolding fairly continuously, as if to be saying, "Can't you see that creepy photographer?" This Red-shouldered Hawk was keeping an eye on me, but ignoring the Blue Jay.  

Durham, NC  3/3/09

Male Purple Finch

Durham, NC  3/2/09

Tufted Titmouse.  Yes, those white things are ice: it had snowed the night before and the temperature was below freezing most of the day. White-throated Sparrow Brown-headed Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch  

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