Through the Window: July 2016

It’s the glorious height of summer. Also, sometimes hot. We have birds at the feeders, and mammals on the ground, and more!

  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Blue Jay (includes a bald one–a fledgling?–seen 7/30)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Grackle
  • Wild Turkey
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Crow
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Evening Grosbeak (7/12)
  • Purple Finch
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (7/30)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month (we are as perplexed about the chickadees as you are!).

For more precise records, you can also see eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

As always, other critters visited. The Hummingbird-mimic, the Clearwing Sphinx Moth, continues to enjoy Bee Balm (in bloom by July 3). We note again Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks, as well as the Eastern Cottontail, and (on the night cam) Raccoons. We heard and saw Green frogs chuckling in the little pond that is sometimes also a bird bath (when it’s not too full of duck weed)..

All observers can add their sightings to our whiteboard list! We’re here from 10am to 4pm daily, and earlier if there’s a bird walk. For those, check out our events page.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too, for more comments, links, and observations!

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 covering that helps hide watchers from the birds. We have chairs and binoculars to try, 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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