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5BY1: Quarterly Report April 1, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

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.)



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


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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