That’s one bird species every four minutes !! Pictures follow.
This morning I was scheduled to help Chris lead a birding walk in the arboretum … but we found out at the last minute (ie: 7:30am) that everyone who had signed up had phoned in the day before to cancel (but the office didn’t tell us). Who knows why? Maybe the weather was too nice to waste it on birds? Well, their loss, as together with Claude, the three of us went birding anyway and had a spectacular morning … and my thanks to Chris for lending me his (young) ears 🙂
Bird of the day has to be the Northern Waterthrush working in the quarry – we thought it was perhaps the first of this species in the arboretum but checking eBird it seems it was first reported back in 2004 though with no more than a half-dozen sightings since. We heard Indigo Buntings all over the place wherever there was edge habitat but it was only at about the three-and-a-half hour point that we finally saw (and photographed) one. At this time of year everyone asks “how many warblers?” and the answer for my personal list is 16 this morning.
Questionable birds that we discussed before accepting were a Veery that flitted back and forth across the track in Pullin’s Pasture but never sang … finally a photo of a headless bird confirmed Veery and not Hermit Thrush (though we had a couple of those elsewhere) and secondly a House Wren that we are sure we heard singing in a location where they have been seen before.
An excellent morning’s birding with good company that was frankly made all the more successful byt the absence of the grooup we were expecting to take round.
Now … the details, first some photographs and after that a checklist for the morning. for the real bird-geeks of my acquaintance. I have included some iPhoned pictures of the arboretum habitat for anyone not familiar with this wonderful birding site.
Click on any thumbnail photo to open up a full size slide show – most of the pictures have a caption which you can see by hovering over the thumbnails.
The morning’s checklist:
Mallard 2 Turkey Vulture 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Killdeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 2 Mourning Dove 1 Chimney Swift 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 1 Red-eyed Vireo 5 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 4 Tree Swallow 3 Cliff Swallow 25 Black-capped Chickadee 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 House Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Veery 1 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 3 Gray Catbird 2 European Starling 1 Cedar Waxwing 6 Ovenbird 2 Northern Waterthrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 2 Tennessee Warbler 2 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 3 American Redstart 3 Northern Parula 1 Magnolia Warbler 2 Bay-breasted Warbler 3 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Black-throated Green Warbler 2 Chipping Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 2 Scarlet Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Indigo Bunting 4 Bobolink 8 Red-winged Blackbird 2 Common Grackle 1 Baltimore Oriole 3 Purple Finch 3 American Goldfinch 1