Friday, October 28, 2011
Still an occasional migrant.
Merlin, Falco columbarius, digiscoped photo by Tom Parlapiano. The Merlin put in a few appearances at the other end of campus this week - most dramatically when Tom was out with a group of schoolchildren studying trees and identifying leaves.
In late October we still see the occasional migrant - a raptor here, a swallow there, and a few songbirds lingering. Lynn's special find of the week was a Blue-headed Vireo (photo in next week's post!). We've seen this bird on campus during both spring and fall migrations, and it's always a treat to see again.
This week saw cooler temperatures with mostly sunny skies, and one rainy day that changed to snow overnight. I should amend that - it snowed in my corner of the state, but along the coast, no.
My car early this morning - pretty sure I'm not ready for winter yet - but I hear this was just a test run. More arriving soon, as in, tomorrow - Saturday.
Bird list for the week of October 24-28, 2011.
5. Turkey Vulture
10. American Kestrel
15. Eastern Phoebe
20. American Robin
25. European Starling
30. Savannah Sparrow
35. Red-winged Blackbird
yes, MORE images of the famous albino squirrel of West Campus