Sunday, May 3, 2015

PeregrinePrints highly irregular quiz!!! - Condo Birding Edition

All photos taken from my balcony this morning... I'll post the full ebird checklist at the bottom, but if you don't want to spoil the fun - do the quiz first! 

Canada Goose  12     FOY goslings
Wood Duck  1
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  12
Surf Scoter  25
White-winged Scoter  60
Long-tailed Duck  200
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  40
Ruddy Duck  10
Common Loon  16
Double-crested Cormorant  150
Green Heron  1     foy
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  18
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  15
Common Tern  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  12
Chimney Swift  18
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Kingbird  1     foy
Warbling Vireo  1     foy
Blue Jay  350
American Crow  8
Horned Lark  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  20
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  45
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  30
Cliff Swallow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1     foy
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  30
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  100
Nashville Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  7
Palm Warbler  8
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  14

Prairie Warbler  1     rare. first for condo. male arrived around 10am, sang 3 times, then never seen or heard again... probably just wandering around looking for a good place to spend the day? (not a dirunal migrant)

warbler sp.  25
Chipping Sparrow  29     diurnal migration
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Bobolink  4
Red-winged Blackbird  750
Rusty Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  300
Brown-headed Cowbird  175
Orchard Oriole  1     foy female type - dirunal migration
Baltimore Oriole  1     foy dirunal migrant
House Finch  5
Purple Finch  9     first condo record. dirunal migrants
Pine Siskin  24
American Goldfinch  500
House Sparrow  10


It was a pretty exciting morning... Most of the birds moving were blackbirds, but there was also a large movement of Blue Jays and American Goldfinch... There was just enough neotropic migrants moving to keep me really excited...

A quick walk around edgelake park turned up more FOY - including Black-and-White, BT Green, Norther Parula, Scarlet Tanager etc. 

I'll be back at this tomorrow, and hopefully with a new photo quiz! I'll post the answers to this one tomorrow (hopefully) - so do it fast if you're interested!

It's the most wonderful time of year! Migration thoughts are still appearing on twitter... I'm keeping a very close eye on next Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday...... Very close indeed...... 

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