Nature Journal 2021 | March


Beaver Willows


03-01-2021

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  • Weather- mostly cloudy
  • Temperature- 59 /40
  • Precipitation-0 in
  • Observations- Wood Duck house remains unoccupied.
  • Bird Species:
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Scrub Jay
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Mammal Species:
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Townsend’s Chipmunk

03-05-2021

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  • Weather- scattered showers
  • Temperature- 50 /40
  • Precipitation- 0.15
  • Observations- Pine Siskins first time seen since last November. All appeared to be robust. We wondered if they are on return migration North.
  • Bird Species:
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • House Finch, m,f
  • Pine Siskin
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Varied Thrush
  • Mammal Species:
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Townsend’s Chipmunk

03-08-2021

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  • Weather- foggy
  • Temperature- 53/ 40
  • Precipitation-0 in
  • Observations- first observation of Ring-necked ducks and Ruby-crowned kinglet this year.
  • Bird Species:
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Canada Goose
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • House Finch
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Mallard
  • Purple Finch
  • Ring-necked duck
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Flora:
  • Alder
  • Douglas Spirea
  • Meteorological:
  • Clouds

03-15-2021

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  • Weather- mostly cloudy
  • Temperature- 47 /33
  • Precipitation- 0 in
  • Observations- We were talking last night about rarely seeing crows in the trees or in the yard. That changed dramatically today. In the morning, there were about 24 crows creating a loud ruckus in the cedars behind Dave’s house. We were unable to determine what caused the upset. Later in the afternoon, a similar disturbance occurred between our cherry tree/ cedar trees near the forest. The crows were harassing a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.
  • Bird Species:
  • American Crow
  • Canada Goose
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Great Egret
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Mallard
  • Flora:
  • Cedar trees
  • Meteorological:
  • Sudden hail shower late in the afternoon

03-16-2021

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  • Weather- partly cloudy
  • Temperature- 51/ 31
  • Precipitation- 0 in
  • Observations- Ed flew the drone over the wetland corridor between Glencoe Hight School and the pond. The area sprayed with Rodeo/glyphosate was noticeably lacking in vegetation. It looks like a big mud flat.
  • Bird Species:
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Vegetation:
  • Dandelion
  • Oregon Grape
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Willow Catkins

03-17-2021

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  • Weather- partly cloudy
  • Temperature- 60/42
  • Precipitation-0 in
  • Observations- Luck of the Irish today! The little ruby crown on the kinglet’s head is visible on a couple of my photos… a first for me!
  • The bushtit had me confused by the yellow coloring on its face. At a closer look, I think the yellow is pollen. Perhaps this little bird visited a dandelion?
  • Bird Species:
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Bushtit
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Townsend’s Warbler

03-18-2021

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  • Weather- rain
  • Temperature- 52 /36
  • Precipitation- 0.11 in
  • Observations- We haven’t seen the Ring-neck ducks for a few days. Today a pair swam in the channel between far side and our Willow row.
  • Bird Species:
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Ring-neck Duck
  • Mammal Species:
  • Douglas Squirrel (sight)

03-19-2021

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  • Weather- partly sunny
  • Temperature- 54 /44
  • Precipitation- 0
  • Observations- The grassy area and streamlets that surround it at the edge of driveway have become a frequent hunting ground for the Great Blue Heron. This collection of photos shows the concentration and quick grab involved with tracking down breakfast. The prey appears to be a fish. Ed is convinced that it is a stickleback because of the water/grass connection. Stickleback male fish build nests of plant materials glued together by threadlike, mucous secretions from their kidneys. After the nest is built, the male coaxes and drives a female into the nest to lay her eggs. The fish this heron extracted was in the grassy margin. The capture involved a lot of prodding and tugging to get the fish captured.
  • Bird Species:
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Fish Species:
  • Stickleback (likely)

03-20-2021

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  • Weather- Mostly cloudy, chance showers
  • Temperature- 55 /39
  • Precipitation- 0.16 in
  • Observations- Ed net-caught fish samples from area where Great Blue Heron has been hunting
  • Fish Species:
  • Stickle back
  • Gambusia

03-24-2021

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  • Weather- Cloudy
  • Temperature- 50/44
  • Precipitation-0.11 in
  • Observations- Watched as Gray Squirrel nibbled the budding willow vegetation.
  • Bird Species:
  • Vegetation:
  • Lupine
  • Willows
  • Mammal Species:
  • Gray Squirrel

03-26-2021

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  • Weather- Mostly cloudy
  • Temperature- 56/44
  • Precipitation- 0.03 in
  • Observations- On my way to the back to do some blackberry clearing in the hill next to North Woods, the first butterfly of the season was spotted- a Green Comma Butterfly.
  • Bird Species:
  • Mallard Duck
  • Varied Thrush
  • Canada Goose
  • Song Sparrow
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Insect Species:
  • Green Comma Butterfly

03-28-2021

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  • Weather- Cloudy
  • Temperature- 52/40
  • Precipitation-0 in
  • Observations- Cinnamon Teal pair observed again today!
  • Bird Species:
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Vegetation:
  • Mammal Species:

03-30-2021

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  • Weather- Mostly sunny
  • Temperature- 55/35
  • Precipitation- 0.04 in
  • Observations- Barred Owl pair observed in Cedar/Douglas fir trees at our property line edge of North Woods.
  • Bird Species:
  • Barred Owl-male
  • Barred Owl- female
  • Astronomical:
  • Worm Moon

03-31-2021

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  • Weather- Mostly sunny
  • Temperature- 70/35
  • Precipitation- 0 in
  • Observations- abc
  • Bird Species:
  • Gadwall-male
  • Gadwall- female
  • Vegetation:
  • Mammal Species:


Fern Hill Marsh


03-14-2021

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  • Weather- scattered showers
  • Temperature- 53 /43
  • Precipitation- 0.07
  • Observations- Ed and I enjoyed a short get-away drive to Fern Hill. We were surprised by how low the water levels were. We wonder about the fate of Nutria in this managed marshy area.
  • Bird Species:
  • American Coot
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Killdeer
  • Flora:
  • Cattail
  • Mammal Species:
  • Nutria

About Fern Hill Marsh

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