Through the Window: September 2018

What our viewing window whiteboard looks like.
Our viewing window whiteboard: well-used!

Let’s get ready to… MIGRATE! Every body is stocking up, either because they’re getting ready to launch themselves south or preparing for winter. Who’s getting ready? These birds!

  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • House Finch
  • American Crow
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Hawk spp. (Sharpie or Cooper? Flew too fast through Feeder are to tell!)
  • Ruffed Grouse (on road)
  • Northern Flicker
  • Turkey Vulture (over Museum on 9/27)
  • Barred Owl (caught on webcam on September 29 & posted on our instagram)

We’re pretty sure that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have all left, though we left the feeder up for a good few weeks after that; we saw a report from nearby Salisbury of a Monarch butterfly using one. We haven’t recorded too many butterflies from this window, though we’ve seen some out and about.

Ohm an of course we’re still seeing those three species from that broad squirrel family: Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, and Eastern Chipmunk.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in August 2018.)

Drop by between 10am and 4pm—see the feeder birds yourself (and add to our monthly lists). Or view our carved birds, habitats, and interpretations in our permanent exhibits and our 2018 art show.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

We continue to host walks, classes, and more. These are listed on 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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