Friday, August 26, 2011
Beautiful clear blue sky - waiting first for the clouds of Hurricane Irene, then for the southward movement of migrating raptors - coming soon.
I wasn't really thinking of going out birding on Sunday during the hurricane, but the following link to Nick Bonomo's Shorebirder blog gives all the information you could hope for about doing just that.
It's well researched and well written - better read it before Sunday when we're in a state of no electricity here in the state of Connecticut.
Bird list here at West Campus for the week of August 22 - 26, 2011:
10. Downy Woodpecker
15. Blue Jay
20. Cedar Waxwing
25. Common Grackle
Okay, stay safe in the expected high winds and heavy rains on Sunday - and Monday morning we'll see what birds came in with the storm.
Tamias striatus, Eastern Striped Chipmunk - passed between me and my camera this afternoon.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Unusual angle on a dragonfly. (Lynn's photo)
The dog days of summer - but you probably already know...
In Roman times, the hot, languid days of summer were believed to be caused by the dawn rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. An appropriate sacrifice (a brown dog) was made to appease the angry Sirius in attempt to ease the heat wave.
From just a little bit of reading, I've found that we should see Sirius clearly in our winter sky, when it's overhead, and located not far from Orion's belt. I guess in the summer it's up during the day (logical, since it rises with the sun).
Okay, this Dog Days bit was prompted by Lynn's cellphone video of the chirring of a Dog Day Cicada. The cicada itself, she says, is just above the cluster of red leaves!
Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81bfLTKHB2A
Calvatia cyathiformis - Purple-spored Puffball, growing over near the blackberries. (Lynn's id)
Okay, I'll try to get a bird list squeezed in here, between photos.
Another two-week period, but with fall migration approaching, it may be time to get back to weekly listing and blogging.
Birders for the weeks of August 8-12 and 15-19, 2011:
Lynn, Sue, Tom
Birds for the two-week period:
5. Great Blue Heron
10. Mourning Dove
15. Northern Mockingbird
20. House Wren
American Redstart - possible/likely
25. Song Sparrow
one of our paths is choked with poison ivy!
and our blackberries are ripening in the warmth of August
Monday, August 8, 2011
Common Raven, Corvus corax, on a campus rooftop [photo Lynn Jones]
Lynn, Sue, Tom
Bird list for July 25- August 5:
Canada Goose - a little flock is back, feeding on campus
Double-crested Cormorant - fly-by
Herring Gull - the only gull around campus now
Great Blue Heron - fly-by
10. Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker - not common, but find-able
Eastern Kingbird - first of the summer
15. American Crow
Common Raven - two, possibly three on the roof of the C-buildings
20. Tree Swallow - a good fly-by
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - another fly-by
Black-capped Chickadee - not common, but always find-able
25. Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler - still a few around
Common Yellowthroat - a female
30. Rose-breasted Grosbeak - a female
35. House Sparrow
Thirty five species is very respectable for mid-summer on our little patch of turf (the 135 acres which is West Campus).
Eastern Coyote, Canis latrans. One of this year's pups.
Photo by Brendan in Facilities.