Friday, October 21, 2011
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis, take over the parking lots after 5pm.
Hundreds of American Robins, Turdus migratorius, gather in the treetops to roost after 5pm.
Bird list for the week of October 17-21, 2011:
5. Ring-billed Gull
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, feeding in grassy strips in the parking lots - after 5pm.
10. Broad-winged Hawk
15. Rock Pigeon
20. American Crow
25. European Starling
The third Killdeer - we often see three together.
30. Palm Warbler
35. Swamp Sparrow
40. American Goldfinch
Forty four bird species, and for mammals - sightings of Red Fox, Eastern Striped Chipmunk, Eastern Gray Squirrel and White-tailed Deer. Early Friday morning, Lynn and I stood quietly and watched two bucks engage each other in some head-butting and antler-wrestling. One was an eight-point and the other looked to be a six-point buck.
The resident curiosity, an albino squirrel.
Does anybody have a decent photo of the albino Gray Squirrel who has been haunting the western end of West Campus? It was pretty high up in a nut tree when I got this too-distant photo.