Callaway Nature Preserve in December

A couple days ago 5+ inches of snow fell in Rockford and beautified our backyard nature preserve. Over the last five years or so we have found 96 species of birds at the C.N.P.

Here’s what it looked like (although the only birds of note were Dark-eyed Juncos and American Goldfinches):

Callaway Nature Preserve

Callaway Nature Preserve

Callaway Nature Preserve

The snow provided a playing field for our puppy Arizona…
Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Spring time is when the C.N.P. is alive with birds. During migration it is common for us to find eight or more warbler species feeding in our large trees.

With the snow, it is hard to imagine the new life of birds and the native plants we’ve added over the last three years, but the silence is usually broken by a White-breasted Nuthatch or a hungry gang of American Goldfinches and we soon realize there are always birds around!!

One thought on “Callaway Nature Preserve in December

  1. Birding in areas like this during the winter is less productive but it’s really nice the way birds stand out so clearly against such a bare background.

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