Field Journal 4

Today is March 23, 2020 and I am in my hometown of North Andover, Massachusetts. It is about 2 PM, and about 40 degrees outside. I traveled long and far to my luscious backyard. There is a marsh right next to my house and lots of trees in my backyard with very visible bird nests. When I looked out the window to the backyard, it was filled with birds including Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, and American Robins. I also heard signs of woodpeckers and a Tufted Titmouse. I had never actually realized how many birds lived in my backyard until now. Going outside in the quiet and just watching and hearing them was fascinating.
The birds I observed were interacting by singing. I also saw a couple chickadees what looked like chasing after one another, although I am not sure what that meant. I think when the birds were singing to each other they may have been warning one another of a predator. Maybe me, or my small pooch who was also outside for a little. The plumage for Northern Cardinal especially the one male I observed was bright red, while the American Robin had an orange-y belly and breast and the rest of the body being blackish. Maybe the brighter the red in the male Northern Cardinal, the more it attracts a female partner. The American Robin I took a picture of was resting on a branch for about 20 minutes. Maybe it was a time for this bird to rest before it completes other activities in its circadian rhythm.

Posted by juliannamason juliannamason, March 25, 2020 21:14

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

juliannamason

Date

March 23, 2020

Description

saw several other American Robins besides this one. About 4 others.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Observer

juliannamason

Date

March 23, 2020

Description

I saw about 3 Blue Jays.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

juliannamason

Date

March 23, 2020

Description

Maybe about 12 scattered throughout my time observing.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

juliannamason

Date

March 23, 2020

Description

I observed one male and one female.

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