Birds at West Campus for the week of May 23 to 27, 2011:
Eastern Wood Pewee, Contopus virens
Just this morning I was looking over our West Campus bird list and wondering what obvious species we had missed. This was one of them!! Out in the A-21 parking lot, I heard the classic "pee-o-wee?" and was delighted to find this phoebe-sized bird flycatching in the mid-day warmth.
and a warbler sub-section:
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Canada Warbler, Wilsonia canadensis
Only 38 species for the week, with many omissions - but I'm not complaining - two new ones for the list. I definitely missed Lynn's pair of eyes. I'm pretty sure there was another Rose-breasted Grosbeak, another Scarlet Tanager, a Great-crested Flycatcher and in all likelihood a Blackpoll Warbler. But all I heard were snippets of song, and I saw nothing. Maybe next week.
The warm weather we've been having is perfect for flycatchers, such as the Eastern Kingbird, the above-mentioned Great-crested, the Willow and maybe even a few more new to W.C.!