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4BY2: Quarterly Report July 8, 2015

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

Sure, I’ve been anxious and cranky and noncommunicative most of this calendar year, but one thing that brings me joy is seeing birds. It’s been a pretty good year.

In April I added thirty species to the list. I attribute this luck to being in Portland, Maine, and being there over a weekend for once, which gave us time to go birding. I got to see lots of species I can’t see while landlocked. In April, I added common grackle, horned grebe, pied-bill grebe, bufflehead, American black duck (two, doing it!), merlin, great egret, snowy egret, eastern phoebe, ring-necked duck, green-winged teal, killdeer, glossy ibis, American wigeon, greater yellowlegs, Harlequin duck, surf scoter, black scoter, northern rough-winged swallow, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, house finch, woodcock, Wilson’s snipe, belted kingfisher, pine siskin, tree swallow, chipping sparrow, broad-winged hawk, and chimney swift.

Surely, I thought, I will not begin to approach that number in May.

But spring was very very good to me, and the birds practically knocked on my front door. (It’s been a good year for birding from bed, ticking off singing species in the early-morning hours before I get up. Also, I took a bunch of walks and bike rides.) I had matched April’s count by midmonth, and by month’s end, I was up forty-one species: rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow-bellied sapsucker, eastern towhee, field sparrow, black-and-white warbler, yellow warbler, gray catbird, white-throated sparrow, brown-headed cowbird, swamp sparrow, spotted sandpiper, barn swallow, tree swallow, northern flicker, wood duck, warbling vireo, white-crowned sparrow, Baltimore oriole, bobolink, common yellowthroat, eastern kingbird, eastern meadowlark, barred owl, ovenbird, ruby-throated hummingbird, indigo bunting, veery, house wren, brown thrasher, chestnut-sided warbler, red-eyed vireo, ruffed grouse, scarlet tanager, wood thrush, American redstart, hermit thrush, eastern wood-pewee, northern harrier, great-crested flycatcher, common nighthawk, and cedar waxwing.

The expected slowdown arrived in June, when I added only five species, despite a trip south to Maryland and Pennsylvania: fish crow, Carolina wren, Carolina chickadee, black vulture, and great-horned owl.

So, year-to-date count for this report: 120. (2012: 102. 2013: 162 [ah, Arizona!]. 2014: 102.)


1. Mali - July 8, 2015

I’m glad they give you joy. Sounds like spring was very good to you (as well as a certain pair of American black ducks). I love the names of all your birds – my favourite this time is the bufflehead. Oh, and it’s so cute (I just googled it) too!

I’m tempted to google them all, but that wouldn’t help me turn my attention to the thing-I-have-to-do-this-afternoon-which-I-don’t-really-want-to-do-because-I-know-it-won’t-be-up-to-the-task-but-have-to-do-nonetheless.

indigobunting - July 9, 2015

I look for any excuse to say “bufflehead”!

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