This morning while driving through campus, Lynn had an exciting fly-over - she was able to open the sunroof of her car in time to watch a Great Egret passing overhead. Then at noontime out near the loading dock of our building she saw a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows, circling the area where they nested last year. Trouble is, last summer they selected a nest site in a rented trailer, which is no longer on site. We hope they'll stick around and choose a new site, after all, the trailer was only here one summer - what did they do before that?
So, thanks to Lynn's sharp eyes, we add two new species to our West Campus list.
Great Egret, Ardea alba
Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis