Friday, August 26, 2011

Birding Hurricane Irene?

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:

Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
5. Killdeer
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
10. Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Crow
15. Blue Jay
European Starling
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
20. Cedar Waxwing
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
25. Common Grackle
House Sparrow

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.

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