A Bird Walk at Pratt

Saturday’s Bird Walk: The snow was slushy and soft, the sun warm on our shoulders as we made our way towards the river. We stopped at the river, where I hoped we would get a chance to see the bluebirds I had spotted earlier in the week. It was quiet, with the river passing beneath us making the only sounds. Then, out of the quiet, the chip! alarm call of a robin in a nearby tree. From the woods, the sound of a woodpecker drumming, and up in the fields, the scream of a red-tailed hawk. As we walked towards the pond, we saw a song sparrow singing exuberantly at the top of a shrub, a song that brings hints of spring on the wind. The trees alongside the path bent with the movements, of chickadees, blue jays, cardinals and robins.

Even as the snow lies thick on the ground, birds are beginning to become more active in their movements and vocalizations. Birds that don’t overwinter here are on the move! For your birdwatching forecast, check out http://birdcast.info/ to see what species are on the move, and might be in our area soon. Join us on Saturday, April 5 at 9 am for our next bird walk! There’s sure to be many more birds filling the Pratt Center with their songs. ( article and photos by Haley)

female red bellied wp

Female Red Bellied Woodpecker

female cardinal

Female Cardinal

female downy wp

Female Downy Woodpecker

robin

Robin

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