Sunday, May 25, 2008

HIGHLIGHTS: Orchard Oriole (top photo), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (above)

The Orchard Oriole found on the 24th was not relocated on the 25th. The 2nd Eurasion Tree Sparrow of the season was found at the feeders on the 25th. Among the 20 species of warblers in the 24th were; Orange-crowned, Black-throated Blue, Blackpoll (below,top), Bay-breasted (below, middle), American Redstart (below bottom), Cape May, and Blackburnian. Other sightings include; Peregrine Falcon, Black Tern, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Rose-breasted and Evening Grosbeaks, and Common Redpoll.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Recent Highlights: Say's Phoebe, Western Tanager, Harlequin Duck, Little Gull, Marsh Wren, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee.

The songbird diversity has picked up over the last week. The warblers are not in full swing, but sightings have included; Cape May, Black + White, Northern Parula, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Blue, and Ovenbird (photo below). There was a large movement of White-crowned Sparrows and a decent movement of Swamp and Lincoln's Sparrow. The Blue Jay numbers have really increased, the flock has pushed 2,000 this week. Merlins (photo above) and Sharp-shinned have really been giving them hell. Orioles, Rose-breasted + Evening Grosbeaks, Brown Thrasher, and Northern Mockingbird were also present this week. The owl banding continues to be productive and we've banded over 1,000 this spring, see the owl blog for more info.

Butterflies: Hoary Elfin

Friday, May 9, 2008

Highlights: Swainson's Hawk

We recieved no more reports of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow after the morning. A couple reported spending 1 1/2 hours at the feeders yesterday evening with no success. Calvin had his 2nd Swainson's Hawk of the season. The above photo is of the season's 1st on 4/22.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Highlights: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow found by Calvin Brennan yesterday was at the feeders again this morning. The bird was coming in to the feeders periodically until at least 11:00, but Sharp-shinned were regularly mixing things up. Other sightings included Black-throated Blue and Orange-crowned Warblers, Lapland Longspur, Vesper and Lincoln's Sparrow and Evening Grosbeak.