Friday, July 8, 2011

Quiet July

Here are a couple of the Meleagris gang at noontime today, browsing the weedy edges at West Campus, hopefully finding delicious ticks and beetles for lunch. (three male Wild Turkeys)

July really is a dead zone for birders. By which I mean it's more difficult to find birds, by which I mean you have to work a lot harder to find them...
Yeah, we've been pretty busy with projects at work, and just haven't made the time to get out and find the birds.

So here's the cumulative list for the past two weeks, June 27 through today, July 8th:

Wild Turkey
Great Egret
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

American Crow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Black-capped Chickadee

Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Wren
American Goldfinch
House Finch

Yellow Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird

House Sparrow

Looks like thirty-one species for our quiet two weeks.

Canada Thistle flowers, and...

Canada Thistle gone to seed - time for the goldfinches to be nesting!

Hope you're enjoying summer - the wonderful warm days of summer - my bones still hold the memory of the long cold winter now many months distant, so I'm loving these hot humid days!


  1. First, I love your blog.

    Second - can you help me identify this bird? My friend had it feeding out of her gutters last week, and I swear it's a rough legged hawk. But those are not supposed to be here in the summer.

  2. I guess it was a Cooper's Hawk?