Monday, September 26, 2011
TWO new species!! and an all-time high list
Early fall color, Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina, family Anacardiaceae (comprising cashews and sumacs)
Bird list for the week of September 19-23, 2011:
5. Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk
Monk Parakeet - flock of twenty flew over
15. Hairy Woodpecker - one heard calling
Northern Flicker - many
Chimney Swift - a few still in migration
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - still high numbers, as many as six at one time
Eastern Kingbird - one
20. Eastern Phoebe - several
Eastern Wood-Pewee - one
All of the possible corvidae!!:
25. Blue Jay
Lynn and I were called to the scene of a panicked fledgling goldfinch in the grass. Grounds crewmember Jeff was mowing when this youngster fluttered down out of a pine and landed just in front of the mower. I scooped up the bird and returned it to a branch in the white pine (probably its natal tree) where it sat quietly as its parents called from a nearby tree.
Red-eyed Vireo - very common this week
Cedar Waxwing - flocks
All of the possible mimidae!!:
30. Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher - seen on two separate days at the same spot!!
35. Black-capped Chickadee
Palm Warbler - seen on two separate days at the same spot - oh did I already use that line?
Pine Warbler, Dendroica pinus - (click name) a new bird for West Campus!! - was feeding in a scotch pine mid-week, I had a brief view before it flew off
40. Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla - another new bird for our West Campus list!! - seen Wednesday late afternoon and twice on Thursday by Tom and Lynn - in the thickets in the "leaf pile" - I tried for it again in the rain on Friday morning, but had no luck
45. Indigo Bunting
Savannah Sparrow - first of the fall
White-throated Sparrow - first of the fall
50. Common Grackle
Fifty two is an all-time high species count for a week at West Campus!
And if we had added one of the birds below, well, that would have made 53.
Black-throated Green Warbler and Ruby-throated Hummingbird found under the corridor of doom earlier in the week. photo from Lynn's phone
For every little corpse we find, hundreds more across the migratory flyways of North America have met a similar fate, colliding with windows or communications towers.