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:
Double-crested Cormorant - red is for arriving migrants
Red-tailed Hawk - thanks, Tom!
Osprey - and thanks, Tom, for this one too
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Barn Swallow - nesting again!
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - nesting again!
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
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.