Through the Window: July 2017

High summer! The flow at the feeders is steady, not too many surprises. Mammals are taking great advantage of our feeding; we may limit the food on the ground for a while.

American Goldfinch, male. Carved by Bob Spear. (photo by Anna Marie Gavin, Intern, 2011)
American Goldfinch, male. Carved by Bob Spear. (photo by Anna Marie Gavin, Intern, 2011)

Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in May  2017 (June records seem to have gone missing).

  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Common Grackle
  • Purple Finch
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-tailed Hawk (over stream bed & parking lot, being chased by smaller bird)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Female, 7/16)
  • Song Sparrow (July 20)
  • Eastern Phoebe (July 20)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Redstart (July 20)

The usual mammals maintained their presence: Red and Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks. We also observed Eastern Cottontail, Woodchuck (a.k.a. Gruondhog).

Our “summer” hours are in full swing! May through October, we are open daily from 10am – 4pm (with a few extra evenings). Click over to our events page.  If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter , tumblr, and/or Instagram too, you’ll find more comments, links, and observations. See you soon!

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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