Saturday, January 12, 2013

Seasonal Sightings

  • Here are some things in Vancouver to look out for at this time of the year, care of the Wild Birds Unlimited web site, but keep a safe distance from those mating beavers!
  • Project FeederWatch continues,
  • Watch for Bald Eagles along the rivers.
  • Beaver mating season.
  • Rather than search for worms in the frozen soil, large winter flocks of robins will visit fruit trees for food.
  • Cedar Waxwings will visit yards in search of fruit, often staying for hours before moving on.
  • Juncos will hunt for fallen seed, often before dawn.
  • The smaller the bird, the earlier it hunts for food in the winter darkness.
  • Listen for Great Horned Owls' "hoot" as they pair up for mating season.
  • Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
  • Winter is a great time to look for birds' nests. Admire the craftsmanship, but leave the nest in place.
  • Aldo Leopold's (Father of Wildlife Conservation) birthday Jan. 11
  • Quadrantid Meteor Shower early in the month. See up to 60 falling meteors per hour!

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