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5BY1: Quarterly Report April 1, 2016

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No doubt you all have been waiting with bated breath to hear about what birds I’ve seen this year so far. I actually forgot to start the count on January 1—can you believe it? (I’d had a party the night before. I blame that.)

The first quarter includes two rarities that we drove a ways to find and somehow did: a tufted duck and a painted bunting. Not long after we saw the tufted duck, Tim discovered he’d taken some great photos of one in a park in London. The painted bunting is so rare here that it made news all over the state. A single bird. It’s the first one I’ve ever seen.

So far: white-breasted nuthatch, American goldfinch, black-capped chickadee, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, house sparrow, mallard, American crow, dark-eyed junco, tufted titmouse, Canada goose, red-tailed hawk, house finch, blue jay, northern cardinal, European starling, hairy woodpecker, wild turkey, rock dove, American tree sparrow, northern harrier, common raven, red-bellied woodpecker, common merganser, belted kingfisher, ring-necked pheasant, pileated woodpecker, ring-necked duck, tufted duck, bufflehead, redhead, canvasback, greater scaup, lesser scaup, bald eagle, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, herring gull, great black-backed gull, black duck, eastern bluebird, American robin, purple finch, red-winged blackbird, song sparrow, killdeer, cedar waxwing, turkey vulture, pine siskin, ruffed grouse, hooded merganser, common grackle, PAINTED BUNTING, Cooper’s hawk, American kestrel, eastern phoebe, wood duck.

Year-to-date count: 56. (2012: 40. 2013: 53. 2014: 40. 2015: 43.)

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1. Susan Luckstone Jaffer - April 1, 2016

I looked up Nuthatches this morning because I saw one that seemed different to me. But it was just the white-breasted variety I see every day. Maybe it was wet.

I wonder if birds keep a tally of all the different humans they see. 🙂

indigobunting - April 1, 2016

Susan, I have wondered the same thing! (And do you ever get red-breasted? I haven’t seen one in awhile!)

Susan Luckstone Jaffer - April 1, 2016

That might have been one of the birds I used to see occasionally, but not in years. Sad how many are on that list.

2. guacachocolatte - April 3, 2016

Being such a silly person, I am giggling over “And do you ever get red-breasted?”

indigobunting - April 3, 2016

Bwahahahaha!

3. Mali - April 19, 2016

You’re having a bumper year. And I love that you got to see a painted bunting for the first time.


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