13 March 2012

March Bird Calendar


A quick list:

Here are some species to watch for arriving or leaving this area in March.

(southern East Kootenay Trench - between the US border and roughly Skookumchuck.)

Of course, a few individuals of some species remain all year, and some brave ones come back early.  This is meant as a general guide.

Don’t forget to try to record the last time you saw the winter visitors, like Bohemian Waxwing and Common Redpoll.



March
 

Perching birds

Pacific Wren
21-Feb-10
B. Baerg - eBird
Cassin’s Finch
01-Mar-01
Mildred White
Mountain Bluebird
5-Mar-06

Western Bluebird
8-Mar-05

Western Meadowlark
8-Mar-05

Say's Phoebe
11-Mar-05

Horned Lark

rare – Feb, Mar
American Robin

some over-winter, become more common in early March
Varied Thrush
11-Mar-10

Tree Swallow
11-Mar-05

Spotted Towhee
18-Mar-07

Violet-green Swallow
21-Mar-00

Common Grackle
24-Mar-11
K. Knight - eBird
Bohemian Waxwing
24-Mar-76
winters here, this is the latest date seen, from Mildred White’s records



Raptors

Northern Harrier
11-Mar-05

American Kestrel
16-Mar-06
B. Baerg - eBird
Turkey Vulture
11-Mar-10

Osprey
29-Mar-92
Mildred White



Water - side Birds
Killdeer
8-Mar-05

Tundra Swan
9-Mar-00
higher numbers are seen around Invermere
Bufflehead
9-Mar-12
small pockets may be seen in winter
American Wigeon
11-Mar-10

Northern Pintail
11-Mar-10

Green-winged Teal
11-Mar-05

Pied-billed Grebe
11-Mar-05

Great Blue Heron
14-Mar-92
most start arriving (some here all winter)
Redhead
21-Mar-08
D. Nicholson - eBird
Ring-necked Duck
25-Mar-04

Lesser Scaup
27-Mar-10

Wood Duck
25-Mar-04

American Coot
20-Mar-04

Marsh Wren
16-Mar-99
R. Johnston - eBird
  

Yes, these dates are a little earlier, in some cases, compared to records going back to 1974.

Hope to have the month of April up soon, stay tuned!


PS - if you should meet me in person: I don't have a good memory for details so if you ask me "when do bluebirds come back?" I probably won't remember, (one of the hazards of living "day to day", perhaps) but I'd probably remember where to get the link for this, which I can give you.

Happy birding!



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