A Great Day of Birding

Posted on May 8th, 2008 by

Yesterday afternoon was amazing for birding in the Arb! We had excellent looks at several
uncommon species, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Here’s a list of what we
found:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Bald Eagle
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle
Cooper’s Hawk (heard calling briefly)
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling (apparently nesting in a wood duck box!)
Field Sparrow
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Killdeer
Lark Sparrow (heard singing briefly)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (pretty good looks at one of my favorite birds!)
Mallard (nesting? pair on one of the ponds)
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-necked Pheasant (intermittently calling from somewhere)
Song Sparrow
Sora (one bird called briefly from one of the cattail ponds at the north end of the Arb)
Swainson’s Thrush – probably the best looks I’ve ever had at one as it stalked out in the
open along the path not more than 20 feet from us!)

Tree Swallow
Turkey Vulture
Vesper Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow (very brief looks)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler

All for a total of 34 species!!! In an hour and a half!!!

Birdman (Bob Dunlap ’08)

 

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