Monday, April 5, 2010

Still Waiting!

We're still waiting for the next new bird to add to our West Campus list - a warbler? a swallow?

Today's lunch-hour ramblers:
Lynn and Sue

Today's lunch-hour birds:
Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens

Wild Turkey feather. One of the most commonly found turkey feathers is this wing feather, which at first glance might be confused with a hawk or owl feather.

continuing the bird list:
Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus - heard only
American Robin, Turdus migratorius
European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Regulus satrapa
Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor - heard only

Black-capped Chickadee. Lynn was whistling to the White-throated Sparrows, when a pair of chickadees came close to investigate.

more birds:
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis
White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
possible Swamp Sparrow, Melospiza georgiana

Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) and spring green along the Oyster River.

Other campus birds for the day:
House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus
Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater
Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus

Early butterflies too!!
Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa
Cabbage White, Pieris rapae
an orange one, likely from the subfamily Nymphalinae, a "true brushfoot"

I just found these butterfly resources on the web:

And mammals:
Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus
Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
evidence of White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus

Short video of a Water Strider (family Gerridae) on the Oyster River.

Life is too short, make yours sweet - get out in the natural world, don't wait for tomorrow.

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