So I sat in our courtyard at breaks and tried to be outside during lunchtime too, in an effort to spot any birds pushing through while migrating south. Not everyone is migrating though, the American Goldfinch above is likely still in the process of raising young and I believe their nest is in the pine next to this one.
The hawks however did make a little push last week, and I was able to enjoy some great views of a Red-shouldered Hawk sitting in a tree about 50 yards away (no camera at the time). I spooked it enough that it finally took off showing the crescent-shaped windows in the wing used to identify it. Also, two early Broad-winged Hawks took a look around campus. They flew in low enough that I was able to get a couple of ok images.
The diagnostic feature of these small Buteos is the dark wing tips and black trailing edge of the wing. When this genus of hawk is flying higher in the sky you have to use wing-shape and tail length to help distinguish them also. One lunchtime push of 'raptors' included 5 migrating Osprey, 4 migrating Red-tailed Hawks, the Red-shouldered Hawk, and one lone Sharp-shinned Hawk. With the potential for some northerly winds tomorrow afternoon into Wednesday, I'll be keeping my eyes to the skies.
Species total this week was spectacular, 38 in total.
*migrants (species at this point is probably only migrating through),
#residents(spends summers [babies dispersed or in identical plummage] or winters here),
^residents with young (birds who have spent the summer here nesting)
American Goldfinch^ (probably the only species with young still in nests)
House Finch*, #
Herring Gull# (winter residents)
Cedar Waxwings*, ^
Black-capped Chickadee#, *
Brown-headed Cowbird (young beng raised by Song Sparrows)^
Canada Goose# (winter residents)
Empidonax sp. (flycatcher)*
Red-tailed Hawk-4 (plus our two locals)*, #