Monday, April 25, 2011

New bird on campus!!

This is our enterprising Song Sparrow, who, when finding the feeder empty, eats from the suet cake above.

West Campus bird list for the week of April 18 to 21:

Double-crested Cormorant (red is returning migrants) This one was a fly-over
Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier - a fly-over
American Kestrel - a female alone Monday through Wednesday, then a male joined her on Thursday, and they've been hanging out in the vicinity of the nest box - How cool is THAT??!! - we'll keep our fingers crossed

Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker - investigating last years' nest cavity

American Crow
Fish Crow
Blue Jay
American Robin - gathering nesting material
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco (blue is departing migrants)

Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird, Euphagus carolinus - a new species for West Campus!! Lynn found it in a mixed group of blackbirds and starlings - follow the link to read all about this not-so-common species of blackbird

Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

So, as you can see, we came crashing through the 30-species goal this week, with a total of 38.

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