Monday, December 5, 2011

Western Kingbird continues

I surveyed our H. Smith Richardson Wildlife Preserve and Christmas Tree Farm again last week and enjoyed seeing the vagrant Western Kingbird continue to thrive in our field and grasslands habitat. It has been eating a few berries, though it is doing very well hawking insects in this unseasonably warm weather. It is fortunate to have such a pattern in place during a time where every night could easily be well below freezing. Here are a couple more photos and some HD video of it.

 Insect target acquired!

Later this week I believe we will finally begin to see some actual December-like weather, and I hope it chooses to move on back to the south sooner rather than later, as it may have already. I have not heard any reports of it in the last few days. Don't forget to buy a Christmas tree from us if you visit our preserve on Sasco Creek Road in Westport!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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