It was quite a week. Started out with a bang - see my earlier post - then just kept up a steady trickle of migrating birds.
I encountered the three tom turkeys every time I went out, so they start the list. A few weeks back a report came in from the grounds crew that a turkey had met its demise against the four-story glass bridge at the other end of campus. The current group of three was four all summer long - and sadly, they have lost a cohort.
|American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, photo from: http://www.billhubick.com/index.php|
Monk Parakeet - a large squawking flock flew overhead,
(witnessed by Nate, Jess and Jess)
The flickers are around in LARGE numbers in the open woods and grassy edges at the south end of campus. And I made good on my promise to set up the nectar feeder, because the migrating hummers are still around.
|Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe, same photo I used in last year's post|
Flocks of robins, starlings and flickers were feeding together, foraging in the grass for insects.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
See Wednesday's post to read about the nuthatch!
|Lincoln's Sparrow, Melospiza lincolnii, (also a photo from last years post)|
Common Yellowthroat - still quite common
Yellow-rumped Warbler - a late-season migrant - three found today
Good to see the warblers are still around - I'm hoping for a few new species - like the Pine Warbler, another late migrant, which may yet pass through our green hilltop.
I think the nest may have been abandoned, as I saw no activity nearby. When Lynn returns from vacation, we'll carry the stepladder out and check inside.
So, forty species for the week - another excellent week of birding West Campus!