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Bird Blog:  February 2006

February 22-23, 2006

American Robin, Durham, 2/22/06 Eastern Bluebird, Durham, 2/23/06

February 18, Durham

The plumage of this American Goldfinch states emphatically that we are still in winter.

February 15-17, Greenville and Hyde County

Someday I hope to see the fabled Swan Quarter swans!  But there are plenty at Lake Mattamuskeet.

Tundra Swans, Lake Mattamuskett, Hyde County, NC, 2/17/06.  All were flying south to the southernmost part of the lake.

 

North River Park, Greenville, Pitt County, 2/15/06.  Since these geese don't show up in the books, they're probably members of a domesticated goose species (or two!) Yellow-rumped Warbler, trail at the Swan Quarter ferry station, 2/17/06.  In this area of high grass, this was the dominant species, although there were a few Red-winged Blackbirds and a few mystery birds. Yellow-rumped Warbler in flight, also at the Swan Quarter ferry area, 2/17/06.  Great Blue Heron, North River Park, Greenville, Pitt County, NC, 2/15/06.  This bird was just landing on a tree branch. Great Blue Heron, same  date and general location.

 

Canada Geese, North River Park, Greenville, Pitt County, 2/15/06.

February 13-14, Durham

Possibly a first-year Red-winged Blackbird, 2/13/06 Same bird, pausing from poking around under pine needles. Tufted Titmouse adapting to yet another new food venue, 2/13/06 Male Northern Cardinal, 2/13/06, with seed in cheek. White-throated Sparrow, 2/14/06, convinced it was hidden by branches from me.

February 9, Durham: Turkey Vulture

February 4, Durham: Carolina Wrens

February 3, Johnston's Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk White-breasted Nuthatch

February 2, Durham

Male Northern Cardinal Female Northern Cardinal American Goldfinch
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