Monday, May 4, 2015

New Quiz! New condo birding! Look ahead! Quiz Answers!

I feel the need to put something online!  New quiz photos! All taken from my balcony this morning... Answers should go online tomorrow (and hey, maybe a new quiz).. Answers to yesterday's post are below.


Condo Birding - May 4th

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  8
Lesser Scaup  25
Surf Scoter  15
White-winged Scoter  35
Long-tailed Duck  200
Red-breasted Merganser  20
Common Loon  5
Double-crested Cormorant  100
Great Blue Heron  10
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2     durinal migrants
Lesser Yellowlegs  50     5 groups, dirunal migrants, all going W
Bonaparte's Gull  4
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  18
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  15
Common Tern  30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     foy dirunal migrants
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Kingbird  10     dirunal migrants
Warbling Vireo  2     dirunal migrants
Blue Jay  750     accurate count of dirunal migrants. 98% going EAST (why?!)
American Crow  8     one bird looked really large. one small looking bird escorted away by the locals (quiet)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  20
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  15
Bank Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  20
Cliff Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3     1 dirunal migrant
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  20
European Starling  450
Nashville Warbler  5
Northern Parula  1     foy - singing (first condo record - #190)
Yellow Warbler  13
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  17
Chipping Sparrow  15     some dirunal migrants
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
White-crowned Sparrow  3     foy
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  950
Rusty Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  200
Brown-headed Cowbird  100
Orchard Oriole  1     female type dirunal migrant
Baltimore Oriole  5     dirunal migrants
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  7
Pine Siskin  125     two large flocks of 40, 50 birds - then small bits (sometimes mixed w/ AMGO)
American Goldfinch  125     steady small groups - much less than yest.
House Sparrow  8


Look ahead - right now Friday looks like a vagrant day. There is a lot of chances over the next several days for awesome birding though! Get the right rain/migration mix and it'll be a day to remember.


Quiz Answers (yesterdays post):

Pine Siskin
Rusty Blackbird
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow
Purple Finch
Blue Jay
Yellow Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
European Starling


  1. I'll take a shot .. good practice for Pelee next week! ;)

    Wood Duck
    Great Blue Heron
    Eastern Bluebird
    Spotted Sandpipers
    Lesser Yellowlegs (guess!)
    American Crows (another wild guess!)
    Pine Siskin (huge flock just arrived at our feeders..)
    Eastern Kingbird
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Common Loon
    Cooper's Hawk

    1. Nice on Steve! I was hoping it would be a good Pelee warm up for some folks...

      You nailed them all except #6 (not American Crows)...

    2. Ahhh ... not bad! :) That one was a guess and I did think I saw some white on a few of them but wasn't sure if that was just an artifact of the light. Gulls?