We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tree Sparrow Cardinal Slate-Colored Junco Mockingbird Song Sparrow Blue Jay Downy Woodpecker damn English Sparrows White Throated Sparrow Great Horned Owl (heard early) Mourning Doves Chipping Sparrow Chickadee Carolina Wren
and a new friend, a Brown Thrasher, one of my favorite birds. He's a little early to be here, but using his strong beak to punch holes in the snow to find birdseed.
Here in Palm Beach County a Great Horned Owl male has been hooting up a storm for the past month. He loves our back yard, sitting in the very top of an 80 foot Slash Pine. Just this week we have a female here too. She is gigantic, but instead of a hoot, her vocalization is more of a gasp or bleat. I am fascinated by the reaction of our chickens, who ignore the owls, but dive under the bougainvillea in terror at the sound of an occasional Red tail.
Other notable sightings this week - Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Everglades Kite.
We get a lot of the same birds in northeast GA, with the addition of the occasional Towhee, Titmouse, Flicker, Purple Finches (especially in Jan.), Red-Tailed Hawk, and of course, buzzards & owls.
In the last 20 years there's definitely been an increase of crows. They're very aggressive toward the hawks.
Been years since I've seen/heard a Pileated Woodpecker. Used to be pretty common around here.
In Southwest Ohio, the Brown Thrasher just passes through, but not usually until March. They are fun to watch with all their scraping about ... same with the Rufous Sided Towhee, who shows up about the same time. As for the Great Horned Owl, we'll gladly ship you the pair nesting behind our property. They NEVER shut up!