Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Backyard Bioblitz for February

It was a pretty exciting February for our Backyard Bioblitz. We participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12th through 15th. We also found our first blooming flowers of 2016. Here is our species list for February:

Birds:
  • Northern cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  • American robin Turdus migratorious
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  • red bellied woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  • blue jay Cyanocitta cristata
  • mourning dove Zenaida macroura
  • house finch Caprodacus mexicanus
  • American goldfinch Carduelis tristis
  • yellow-rumped warbler Setophaga coronata
  • downy woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  • Northern mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  • Carolina wren Thryothorus ludovicianus 
  • song sparrow Melospiza melodia
  • Carolina chickadee Parus carolinensis
  • tufted titmouse Parus bicolor
  • brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater
  • cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  • American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  • Eastern towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  • Northern flicker Colaptes auratus
  • red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  • brown thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  • red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  • white breasted nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  • Eastern bluebird Sialia sialis
  • pine siskin (dead) Spinus pinus
 dead pine siskin
  • white-throated sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
 Mammals: 
  • gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
  • eastern cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Flowering plants:
  • daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus
 daffodil
  • dandelion Taraxacum officinale
  • purple dead nettle Lamium purpureum
 purple dead nettle
  • grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum
 grape hyacinth
  • common field-speedwell Veronica persica
speedwell 

Trees:
  • silver maple Acer saccharinum
 silver maple
  • sugar maple Acer saccharum

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