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Weekly Report - 2017-02-17

Birding this past week in GV has been pretty good! There was quite a bit of bird activity Friday morning on my weekly walk. The list was pretty standard for a Friday walk in February, but there were a lot of active birds moving and even singing! Spring is on the way!

Later in the day, I had the opportunity to lead a teacher inservice to instruct district faculty on how to incorporate the nature trail into their classroom. I was so thrilled to have about 30 teachers out on the trail! For some, this was their first time being out there. We did a lot of great brainstorming and discussing as we did our walk, but I couldn't help but stop and point out good birds. At one point, we stopped and whistled to try and bring in some Tufted Titmice, but we ended up hearing a more booming, distant call in the background. From the Spring Meadow Lane area, I heard a Pileated Woodpecker singing loudly! Although the bird didn't show itself for the group, I went back out with my camera after our session and found the bird! It was flying at eye level back and forth over the trail allowing for great views:

2017-02-17 - Pileated Woodpecker, BSES Nature Trail
2017-02-17 - Staff on the Nature Trail

Other local notes for the week included another exciting observation on Friday. I went to GVHS for a meeting, and upon arriving, I noticed a flock of Canada Geese on the edge of the parking lot. I scanned the flock and quickly saw one Snow Goose. For the last five or six years, there has been a single Snow Goose that returns to the GV area every winter with a flock of Canada Geese. When I taught at GVMS, I would see this bird on a daily basis throughout the winter among the Canadas, and when that flock would fly to elsewhere, it would leave with them! I took a crummy picture with my phone as I was walking into my meeting. Can you spot the nearly all white Snow Goose below?

2017-02-17 - Snow Goose with Canada Geese, GVHS

Bethel Springs E.S.--Nature Trail

Feb 17, 2017

7:31 AM


0.25 miles

21 Minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments: Cold, 40 degree morning with chilling winds. Even with cold temps, lots of bird activity!

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

28 Canada Goose

1 Black Vulture

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

3 Blue Jay

3 Carolina Chickadee

2 Tufted Titmouse

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

1 Carolina Wren

3 American Robin

3 Dark-eyed Junco

2 White-throated Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

1 House Finch


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