March 30, 2003
been listening to the crows over
the past several weeks and observing their behavior. A small flock
of crows has been flying around in the vicinity of the house every
day for quite a while now.
They've been very vocal - much more so than during the winter. I don't
hear them all day, but mostly in the mornings - and then for briefer
periods later during the day.
Over the past few days, their vocalizations have not been as loud
or as frequent. I'm not sure why crows become more vocal at certain
times of the year, but I've read that they become very quiet during
the nesting period. So, I'll be listening for that quiet time.
March 29, 2003
been reports that the black bears are
coming out of hibernation now.
The male bears usually emerge from their dens first. The females and
their cubs leave their dens a little later.
The bears are pretty hungry this time of year and they're on the move
- looking for food.
March 28, 2003
wild turkeys came by for their first
visit since last fall! They were wandering around scratching in the
leaves - which is typical foraging behavior. There was at least one
male and about six or seven females.
The male turkey's beard was quite long - which is supposed to be an
indication of its age. Although mating season hasn't begun yet, the
male's head and neck were conspicuously red.
The beginning of turkey breeding season never goes by unnoticed. The
sound of the male turkey's gobbling will fill the woods - especially
March 27, 2003
a good-sized flock of juncos when
I was out walking today. Haven't seen much of them at all this winter.
I just learned from The Birder's Handbook (by Ehrlich, Dobkin,
that, for many species, the
color of a bird's eye changes with age.
For the junco, the eye color changes from gray (or gray-brown) to
red-brown. So if you see a reddish-brown twinkle in eye of a junco,
you'll know it's not a young bird.
March 26, 2003
the bluebirds are beginning to arrive in New England, you might want
to check out the website for the North
American Bluebird Society.
It includes nest box plans, bluebird facts, and information about
bluebird trails. A mailing list for those interested in bluebirds
is also available.