June 2007


Day Two on the farm, we just took a short walk up to the pond and back:

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus <– with just-fledged young; they were mighty antsy.
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
American Goldfinch Cardeulis tristic

Today, I woke up early to the sound of vigorous singing and looked out the window:
House Wren Troglodytes aedon <–singing male and begging young
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus <–juvenile
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilocus colubris

Then Todd and I went to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge to look for Black Terns. We didn’t find any, but it was a good day nevertheless:
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor <– numerous juveniles
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Bald Eagle Halieetus albicilla
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
American Robin Turdus migratorius
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Mallard Branta platyrhynchos
Wood Duck Aix spansa <– female with downy young
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons *LL Truly, this has been my year of vireos
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus *LL

The birds I saw in transit and during my first day back home on the farm:

Seen from Amtrack, Hudson Valley/Erie Canal Corridor, 6/19:

Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker Colaptes auratus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Rock Dove Columba livia
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Seen on the farm, just outside Buffalo NY, 6/20
Northern (Baltimore) Oriole Icterus galbula
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristic
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris

Every time I see a Monk Parakeet I end up losing my biking gloves on the same trip. I like Monk Parakeets, but dammit, I don’t like them that much. My gloves are nice, and this last pair was nearly new. (Speaking of nearly new, I assume that a small nest = a new nest? The nest I observed about a block from Jordan’s Lobster Dock was relatively tiny.)

My trip to Breezy Point with started out frustrating. Too hot, too far, too much traffic. When I ran over an ugly shard of metal and got a flat tire right between Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay, I was about ready to pack it in. But sitting for almost half an hour in a nice little Sheepshead Bay parklet, looking at gulls and getting accosted by Baptists with tracts while Todd ran up to a bike store and got a new tube, reanimated me in a big way. And it turned out to be totally worth it, what with finally seeing Piping Plovers and a solitary Willet, to say nothing of the American Oystercatcher that I saw feeding its half-grown young one and the abundant Black Skimmers and Common Terns. Todd was the first to see the Plovers, and asked me if I was looking for the little bird that looked like it was going over the sand on wheels, which upon observation is exactly what it does look like.

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Rock Dove Columba livia
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Great(er) Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus *LL
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Willet Tringa semipalmatus *LL
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Looks like that’s about it for spring migration 07.

Central Park, Ramble:

House Sparrow Passer domesticus
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
American Robin Turdus migratorious
Rock Dove Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Canada Goose Branta candensis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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