|Walk participant finding a bird|
|Spring has sprung along the Oyster River|
Four members of the west campus community joined Tom for a walk in the woods behind the nursing building in search of spring migrants. Each day during the spring thousands of birds pass through Connecticut on their way north to breeding grounds and many of these stop at West Campus for a rest.
|Walk participants with leader Tom Parlapiano|
New birders were given a brief introduction on how to use the binoculars provided by Tom for the walk. Luckily, American Goldfinches fighting for mates were willing to act as models for focusing lessons. Once in the woods a Great-crested Flycatcher caught our attention. The states largest flycatcher, the Great-crested is one of the earliest to arrive in Connecticut and while some continue north, many will remain in our area to breed.
In the tangles along the river, Yellow Warblers, Song Sparrows, and even a Chipping Sparrow all made an appearance. At one point a Red-tailed Hawk came flying by at tree-top height, either looking for a meal or trying to figure out what we were doing. Along the river, we were able to find an American Robin's nest, although there were no eggs inside yet, the adult kept scolding until we had walked away.
|American Robin nest|
As our time wrapped up we did get one non-avian highlight. This six-spotted tiger beetle came out onto the sidewalk for a quick view.
|six-spotted green tiger beetle|
Friday, June 13th- Non-Native Invasive Plant ID Walk
Friday, September 12th- West Campus Hawk Watch
Friday, October 10th- Fall Tree Identification Walk
Friday, November 14th- Fall Bird Walk
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