Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pole Farm - 1/17

Just before the rain hit on Sunday I made a quick run to Pole Farm (Mercer County Park Northwest) to survey the activity and to look for sparrows. The success for the morning was American Tree Sparrow, fairly reliable here. Also present was Song Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a single American Kestrel.

What was absent, however, was any trace of Northern Harrier and this is probably an indicator of a slow year at Pole Farm. The mowing patterns were a little different, which might displace them a little, and this might be either gratuitous or intelligent management of the grasslands. In any event in the year with many Harriers and multiple Short-eared Owls you could hear the rodents scurrying around in the grass. This year it appears to be deathly quiet.

No comments: