Friday, June 17, 2011

April showers, May showers, June showers...

Another mostly rainy week for Connecticut - but a few windows of sunshine sprinkled throughout. Notice the fireflies on warm evenings?

Abandoned nest of Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata. Last week Lynn heard young birds begging and saw the adults fly, very quietly, into the pine. Today we found the nest.

This is the time of year when the Connecticut Ornithological Association sends us birders out to survey the population of breeding birds in our state. Similar to National Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count, it's a survey of what birds (and how many) are around during a specified time period and defined geographic area. Link to COA's summer bird count info here.

The summer count for the area that includes West Campus was last weekend, but Lynn and I were elsewhere, so WC birds were not added to the data. We plan to spend a morning next week thoroughly counting our resident birds in order to establish a baseline for next year's effort.

A pair of Mallards, Anas platyrhynchos, on the roof of the warehouse today, taking advantage of... puddles? warmth? a strange sight indeed.

Birds around West Campus this week, June 13-17, 2011:

Wild Turkey (the two toms that have been hanging together all spring)
Mallard - the above-mentioned pair
Herring Gull
Black-crowned Night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax - bird number 120! - Lynn was lucky to see two flying overhead one morning. The link takes you to Dendroica, at, a good site for both voice recordings and photos - take a look!

Red-tailed Hawk - a pair nesting on campus
Osprey - seen flying over, with a huge fish
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northern Flicker

Willow Flycatcher
American Crow
Red-eyed Vireo
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
European Starling

Barn Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

A big thirty-three species for the week - woo hoo!

Two young bucks, White-tailed Deer, browsing in the early morning haze.

Yes - you finally noticed I was watching you - guess those words could go either way!

This weekend I'll be counting birds for the Storrs area Summer Bird Count - it's perfect that my count territory includes my yard.
have a good weekend

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