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9BY2: Quarterly Report July 2, 2020

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

Hey, gang. I’m still mute, at least here. A few of you are at last reading a little more about life since lockdown elsewhere.

The rose-breasted grosbeaks came back on May 3 again. Excluding 2013, when I got to bird in Arizona, I’m having my best numbers thus far. Nowhere near Tim’s count—he goes out a lot more.

Most days I hear the broad-winged hawk that’s been circling our neighborhood the last month or so.

It’s been a great year for warblers—or maybe we just had more time to see them. We saw northern parula, Cape May warbler, and bay-breasted warbler while we were sitting in our backyard! It was shocking. There have been American redstarts all over the place. And after seeing no indigo buntings last year (when everyone else was), Tim and I dashed to a friend’s house when she reported several at her feeder. I’ve since seen quite a few in the legit wild.

I heard my first-ever Swainson’s thrush on Saturday.

Here’s what I got this quarter: ruffed grouse, ring-necked duck, tree swallow, palm warbler, barn swallow, Savannah sparrow, Cooper’s hawk, brown-headed cowbird, broad-winged hawk, northern flicker, eastern towhee, yellow-bellied sapsucker, field sparrow, chipping sparrow, veery, swamp sparrow, Louisiana waterthrush, American bittern, gray catbird, chimney swift, house wren, ovenbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow warbler, warbling vireo, ruby-crowned kinglet, common yellowthroat, blue-headed vireo, eastern kingbird, Baltimore oriole, black-and-white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, worm-eating warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, great crested flycatcher, wood thrush, American redstart, northern parula, bobolink, ruby-throated hummingbird, least flycatcher, red-eyed vireo, white-crowned sparrow, Cape May warbler, bay-breasted warbler, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, Wilson’s warbler, solitary sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, eastern wood-pewee, blue-winged warbler, blue-gray gnatcatcher, black-billed cuckoo, prairie warbler, osprey, black-throated green warbler, black-throated blue warbler, hermit thrush, marsh wren, magnolia warbler, red-breasted nuthatch, Swainson’s thrush.

Year-to-date count: 136. (2012: 102. 2013: 162. 2014: 102. 2015: 120. 2016: 104. 2017: 115. 2018: 130. 2019: 126.)