First Observations of 2020, Part 1

This is the second year in which I recorded the first observations of the year. The following are a few of our observations:

  1. On Sunday, March 1, 2020, I saw a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis) investigating a nest box I had filled with pine shavings the day before. The next day, I could see they were preparing it by removing shavings. Nuthatches are cavity nesters. They will often stash shavings and chips they remove from a cavity in the bark of the tree they are working in. I saw a lot of shavings stashed into crevices in the bark of the tree the nest box is attached to.
  2. Kat noticed buds on the maples and oaks on Monday, March 2, 2020. One of our neighbor’s trees has large buds on it. I don’t recall seeing that large before.
  3. It appears that as of Saturday, March 7, it is still mating season for the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) mating season. I saw a squirrel being chased by another in a manner suggestive of one being a female in heat and the other an interested male.
  4. I saw and heard the first American Robin (Turdus migratorius) of the season on Tuesday, March 10. It was perched in a fruit tree adjacent to our patio.
  5. While walking with Lizzie on Friday, March 13, we heard Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) singing near the pond on the north side of the street.

One thought on “First Observations of 2020, Part 1”

  1. Good morning Scott,

    I’m leaving this message here because I couldn’t find a contact under your collections page. I was wondering about your carving from the Bali Hai in Maplewood. I discovered you Googling the Bali Hai. Would you consider selling it? I am not a tiki collector but rather my late father , Pedro DeRamos Salem, was a musician in the show there from roughly 1980 until they closed. He was the keyboard player and arranger primarily but also played flute, piccolo, bass and sax depending on the songs. My dad, as well as Romeo Guanzon and Cesar were all Filipino while Attoa, Sione, and Fred Moimoi were all Polynesian (Samoan and Tongan I believe). My folks were divorced so when I was 14 or so I would come to St. Paul for a few weeks during summer to stay with my dad (he lived on North McKnight Road) and would often attend the nightly shows drinking a non-alcoholic drink at the bar watching the dancers while Dad played. Anyways, after my dad retired he moved back to the Philippines and passed away in 2013. My son was only 7 last time he saw dad and I wanted to get him something to remember him by. Let me know. Thanks and my email is

    Soliman Peter Salem

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