January is a great month to do bird related activities. From beginners to experts, there’s much to look for. Wintering sparrows (Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Juncos) can all be found on platform or ground feeders, along with our year-round Field, Song, and Chipping Sparrows.
Savannah Sparrows are an extremely common field bird easily found in any grassy field areas, some of them may be found with the less common Vesper Sparrow.
All over North AL, easily 120 species are being found and reported in January. The waterfowl and other water birds are in good numbers in the Wheeler Complex areas.
Use caution on any refuge or wildlife management area as hunting season for many different animals is in full swing. Wearing hunter orange is advised.
Bird feeders and a source of clean water are a must, just make sure no outdoor/stray cats are in the area often. Right now the less common Purple Finches and Pine Siskins are everywhere. Because of this it’s more important than ever to ensure clean feeders so disease doesn’t spread. Many siskins are dropping dead around the southern states. Using something like Feeder Fresh (readily available at Across The Pond) can help reduce maintenance on feeders but a thorough cleaning once in a while is key. Let us know how your feeders are doing or if you have any ID questions. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the nice rarity of an Evening Grosbeak flock at your feeders!