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2BY9: May List June 3, 2013

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

I haven’t listed a new bird in a week. Before that, it had been 8 days.

Still, I had a pretty good May, adding 24 birds to raise my total to 158—76 species ahead of last year at this time.

Oddly, when I look at last year’s list, despite the lower number, there are 13 species on it I have yet to list this year. Where is my red-breasted nuthatch? American woodcock? Common snipe? I’ve seen no Cape May warbler, no magnolia warbler, no black-throated green warbler. I should’ve clearly heard a red-eyed vireo by now—maybe I have, but I wasn’t 100% sure. I’ve yet to list a northern harrier, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a black-crowned night heron, an eastern screech owl. I am 99% sure I’ve heard scarlet tanagers singing, but I have yet to either see one or hear the chick-burr (or, as we like to say, Czech beer!) call note that would clinch it for me.

Haven’t I heard a field sparrow yet? I’m pretty sure I have. Damn. I need to start paying attention and get it on my list.

What I can add is this: tree swallow, warbling vireo, wood duck, belted kingfisher, ovenbird, house wren, Baltimore oriole, American redstart, yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, gray catbird, ruby-throated hummingbird, chestnut-sided warbler, blue-winged warbler, black-and-white warbler, golden-winged warbler, veery, great-crested flycatcher, ruffed grouse, hermit thrush, spotted sandpiper, bobolink, eastern kingbird, and eastern wood-pewee.

Not bad. But I need to get out there again. Soon.


1. Bridgett - June 7, 2013

You have a better class of birds than we do here. I have never seen most of those!

2. Eulalia Benejam Cobb - June 10, 2013

I am so impressed by your knowledge of birds. The countryside you see and hear is so different, and so much richer, than mine.

3. Margaret - July 21, 2013

Would those be Peterson’s Confusing Fall Warblers or the Confusing Spring Ones? They are all confusing to me… but congrats on all you have seen and will see!

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