Sorry for missing last week’s post but we were in Florida and only had a very slow internet connection. I’ll post some pictures from Florida later in the week along with the regular post.
So after returning from the Florida Keys where the temperatures were in the 90’s daily, I went out this morning and birded in 40F temperature. The good news is that birds stay out in the cooler weather a lot longer than only the first hour as they did in the heat of Florida.
Sparrows were out in force this morning with Eastern Towhee, Chipping, Field, Song, Swamp, White-throated, White-crowned, and Dark-eyed Junco (FOS) seen.
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Notice the Chipping Sparrow is in its Winter colors.
The highlight of the day was a lone Sandhill Crane which I found feeding in the marshy area north of Pisgah Lake . This is the first I have seen on the ground in Johnson County.
I also saw a Dunlin and numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers. For those interested the lists are at eBird.