This past weekend was the New Haven Bird Count with an estimated 100 or more birders scouring the areas around New Haven for birds. I participated in one region of the count where we tallied 62 species. As you can read in last years blog of about this same time, West Campus technically falls within the New Haven regions count. Since Sue and I have both done counts in other areas for many years, West Campus doesn't get counted. So, for the next two days I will be keeping my eyes out for any species that may not have made their list already.
|Rusty Blackbird (on the wish list)- http://blog.cleveland.com/neobirding_impact/2008/11/blackbird.jpg|
Fall started of with a quick cold snap before warming back up and keeping a lot of migrants around longer than they would normally have hung on. Up until a couple of weeks ago, we had species numbers close to 30 with very little effort put into the actual search. Now the temperatures have dropped and the species have reflected that temperature; most of the species still lingering are our 'winter birds'. Luckily, we have some very vibrant winter birds to keep birding entertaining. I expect Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal numbers to be up this year!
|Northern Cardinal- http://gallery.photo.net/photo/8652485-lg.jpg|
|Carolina Wren- http://thundafunda.com/33/animals-pictures-nature/carolina-wren-pictures.jpg|
|Red-shouldered Hawk- http://sdakotabirds.com/species/photos/red_shouldered_hawk.jpg|
|White-winged Crossbill- http://www.glancesatnature.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/white-winged_crossbill_11.jpg|