[BIRD NOTES] ~ February 25, 2010
Barred Owl and Least Weasel© Barbara Cole
My wife Kit got some great photos of a Pileated Woodpecker on our bird feeder last Saturday and I put a couple of them up on my blog here http://dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com/ Plus this afternoon, my son and I saw two Barred Owls in the trees outside our shop.
Our Barred Owl has been appearing more regularly these past few weeks. Today it swooped down to the ground at 3:30 p.m. to gather a morsel that it gulped down. The other night, Thursday 2/ 18 it was perched on our birdfeeder and was really watching the ground for some time but we did not see it catch anything. I have seen red -backed voles and shrews around the spilled seeds during the day. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was sitting on the tree at our other feeder and then flew to a larger tree nearby. Missed its initial approach so do not know how successful it was in getting a meal.
I was happy to see two Red-Breasted Nuthatches today, there was only one a couple of weeks ago. Today there are a few Dark-eyed Juncos, plus the usual Chickadees, Blue jays, and a pair each of the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers filling up as the storm comes in. We have had a couple of Purple Finches and a Goldfinch and two Tree Sparrows early in February. The crows and ravens are always flying around and there probably is a raven nesting area on Shearer Hill near the rock quarry.
Our kitchen was a mess of spilled bread from the bread box the other morning and the next night bones were taken from the closed trash closet! Thinking Red Squirrel I put the Catch a Live trap with a large bone in the closet and, lo and behold, we caught a pretty little Least Weasel. If we did not have chickens I would have been happy to have it around to keep the mouse population down but we set it loose up at Hogback where there were plenty of tiny tracks seen on the recent track walk held there. I have attached a couple of pictures of the owl and the weasel.
Price Chopper Woodpecker
A Pileated Woodpecker was seen flying over the parking area at Price Chopper in
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