Friday, October 1, 2010

October already?!

South winds and a fair amount of rain made for not a great week to be out birding.  Still, there are 35 species on the list - with some of our winter birds putting in a repeat showing (from last week) - guess they're here to stay!
New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, photo S.Hochgraf
Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant - eight flew overhead
Turkey Vulture
Osprey - 3, thanks Tom!
Red-tailed Hawk - Tom's effort too
Cooper's Hawk - another from  Tom
Merlin - and another
American Kestrel - spectacular male (slaty-blue and russet-orange) perched in the courtyard
Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull - the gulls were feeding on a swarm of emerging crane flies?
Killdeer - still up to three hanging out in the parking lot between A-21 and B-25
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
American Robin - flocking and feeding on Russian Olive fruit

European Starling
Tree Swallow - two, over the Education Center
Gray Catbird - also consuming fruit from various shrubs
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Black-capped Chickadee - seen at the feeder, and elsewhere
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow - here for the winter
Dark-eyed Junco - also here for the winter
American Goldfinch - a few coming to the feeders
Common Grackle - big flock down at Tom's building
House Sparrow

Unfortunately the House Sparrows heard that we were filling the feeders again, and emptied them in short order.
'til next week

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