Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday List and a second new bird!

Birds at West Campus for the week of May 23 to 27, 2011:

Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

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.

list continues:
American Crow
Blue Jay
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Grey Catbird
House Wren
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
European Starling

and a warbler sub-section:
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler, Wilsonia canadensis

Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Baltimore Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow

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.!

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