Friday, June 3, 2011

Birding Lite

We didn't try very hard this week - busy with work and all... hence the title, birding lite.

but here's a photo to keep things interesting!!
Dog Vomit Slime Mold, Fuligo septica - ID by Lynn, our resident Slime Mold expert
found in a landscaped area here at W.C.

and now on to the bird list for the week of May 30 to June 3, 2011

Wild Turkey
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Chimney Swift

Willow Flycatcher
- back in the same place as last year - the grassy slope between A-21 and A-42
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Blue Jay

Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Cedar Waxwing - suddenly reappeared in numbers, nesting activity beginning
American Robin

Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea - new to WC!! - a male singing away from exposed perches near a clearing
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

Baltimore Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

31 species for the week

And - for those of you who never get to the top of a Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, here's what the flowers look like! These were actually at eye level, but usually they're too high to see. This is one of the fabulous specimen trees bordering the parking lot here in building A-21.

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