opening ourselves with the hinging daylight hours

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Bird Migration

The Waterfront South Community Garden is only a few hundred feet from the Delaware River. With the increasing warm weather the early cardinals, robins, and hawks are met with some more of springtime's migrators.

March 31:
3 red-winged black birds
12 gold finches
1 great-tailed grackle

The number of red-tailed, broad winged, and cooper's hawks increases with the coming spring weather. There are hawks throughout the year in Camden. They are all over the place, soaring through the sky, not to mention the king fishers, cattle egrets, snowy egrets, great-blue herons, and downy woodpeckers. I see a falcon almost every other day.

Cape May, NJ is home to the World Series of Bird Watching every second weekend in May. Here is the cumulative list used for the competitors of the most possible sightings. Some of the most unique birds such as the Arctic Tern migrate through Cape May flying thousands of miles stopping for the horseshoe crabs, a very ancient sea arthropod, outdating, humans, dinosaurs, and insects.

The birds making their way down the Delaware River stop in by my garden to find food. The Delaware confluences with the Atlantic Ocean barely 85 miles from here, meandering into the enlarged estuary.

There is a peregrine falcon that i see almost every single day. He's sooooo fast it's difficult to point him out before he's flown away. Peregrine falcons are one of the fastest, if not the fastest animals on earth. The raptors come calling in the sky and chase and dive. ... and sometimes the little birds fight back.


We also direct-seeded a few different vegetables varieties in the garden today.

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