Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Migration rolls on - two more new species!

Indeed, by Tuesday lunchtime, we had seen two more new species for West Campus. Monday we found a Wood Thrush singing in the woods along the southeast perimeter fence, and Tuesday we found a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding in the autumn olive and rose brambles bordering the nature preserve.

Crabapple blossom petals snowing down in a strong wind - a 15-second video I took Tuesday morning.

Bird list for the week of May 9 to 13, 2011:

Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant - red is for arriving migrants
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk - thanks, Tom!
Osprey - and thanks, Tom, for this one too

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Chimney Swift

American Crow
Blue Jay
American Robin
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Grey Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling

Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Barn Swallow
- nesting again!
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - nesting again!

Red-eyed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart

Northern Parula

Northern Waterthrush

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
Northern Cardinal
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

House Sparrow

Wow. This may be an all-time high weekly species count. Forty seven as of Wednesday.

Notice it's predominated by those species in red - our spring and summer ONLY birds. And, notice there are no more species in blue (our winter only birds). It seems we've seen the last of our Dark-eyed Juncos.

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