Through the Window: July 2014

What a lovely July we’ve had. (And no flash floods.) Enjoy our list of birds from the viewing window. Perhaps you will plan a trip to relax, watch, and add your observations to our board. Bold text indicates the species we did not see last month.

  • Common Grackle
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Blue Jay
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Great Crested Flycatcher (7/7 Cathy P and Stewart K saw it at the Bird house)
  • Evening Grosbeak (7/7 and 7/10)
  • Wild Turkey
  • House Finch
  • Coopers hawk (7/12)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Blue Jay (doing a Red-shouldered Hawk call)
  • Eastern Phoebe (top of roof)
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Purple Finch
  • Catbird

In other right-by-the-window notes: Bee balm blooming by 7/5; Chipmunk to Coopers hawk (7/18) [Ed note: did someone see one being taken? Wow!] and Clear-winged Sphinx Moth (first seen on 7/27).

Come see them for yourself! We’re open daily from 10-4 and we have lovel walks, inspiring science/art commentary, and astonishingly detailed woodcarvings, as well as live birds outside. Plus our new, accessible “elevated bird blind” (also known as “treehouse). Check out our calendar of events for special things to do and see.

The “Through the Window” series is an informal record of observations made by staff, volunteers, and visitors. Anyone at the Museum may add to this list. Observations are usually through our viewing window: a large window with a film to make it more difficult for birds to see the watchers. We have chairs and binoculars to try there, a white board, and many identification guides. Outdoors, several feeders are attached on a single, bear-resistant pole. A small pond, flowers and water plants, shrubs and trees add cover and (seasonally) other food choices . You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

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