|Sandhill Crane 'record' shot (photo: Lynn Jones)|
Other excitement for the week was ANOTHER new species for the West Campus list, one we have been waiting for: Winter Wren. I happened to see one crisply moving in a shrub right in front of the A-21 (Collections Center) entrance. We also finally cleaned out the American Kestrel nest box. Sue and I had attempted to clean out the box in the spring only to find a live although unresponsive squirrel in residence. Thinking that maybe she was on a litter of babies, we left her in place. Well cleaning out the box it appears the squirrel had in fact been sick. We found a lovely decayed/ mummified squirrel carcass, gross.
|Lynn heading to clean out the box, proper tools required (photo: Sue Hochgraf)|
|I'm not happy the squirrel is dead but I am happy to evict it! (photo: Sue Hochgraf)|
|Squirrel Mummy (photo: Lynn Jones)|
Other than that we had an impressive 51 species for the week thanks to the efforts of both Sue and her sister Karen who is visiting. They both put in a little extra birding this week to really help push our numbers to another top 5 week of birding, and that was with a rainy Friday. Congrats ladies and thanks!
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (photo: Lynn Jones)|