Monday, June 21, 2010

It was a straight-forward week of birding here at West Campus as we approach the end of June.
I think we had nothing new last week, just our usual breeding birds and passers-by. We haven't made the time to get out for a long walk in quite a while, but end up listing what we see while passing through campus, or enjoying lunch outside.

Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker

Chimney Swift
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin

European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle
House Sparrow

Thirty two species for the week.

The color for today's blog is a drawing I just finished for a juried show of songbirds of the northeast. It's a Blue-winged Warbler, done in colored pencil. I haven't done any artwork in a very long time, so it was fun to work on this drawing, even though my skills felt so rusty!

In other birding news, I spent this past weekend participating in my local club's annual breeding bird survey. This works exactly like a Christmas Count, but over 48-hour period instead of 24. We targeted four protected areas within our section of the count circle - two were town parks and two were state wildlife management areas.

Given a choice of three count areas, we chose the one which included our house - and happily counted birds in our own yard while enjoying an afternoon cookout with friends! Species total was 54 - including Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, Eastern Wood Pewee and first of the year Prairie Warblers.

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