Through the Window: April 2019

Blue-headed Vireos carved by Bob Spear in the mid 1990s.
Blue-headed Vireos woodcarving, by Bob Spear. Not seen from the viewing window, but can sometimes be heard or even seen on our Early Birders Morning Walks (Sundays in May and June).

April sometimes make me think of the distant rumble of a storm, long before it gets here. Instead of a rumble though, it’s the first waves of migratory birds coming north, reminding us spring is about to crash over us.

Yes, yes, some places have spring earlier, say March, or even February (such a thought) . Or September, if that’s your hemisphere!

But that sense of impended gloriousness? That perhaps happens for you too. I hope it does!

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Fox Sparrow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Crow
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Winter Wren
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Robin
  • Purple Finch
  • White-throated sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • American Goldfinch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Northern Flicker

Other creatures seen around the feeders included Cottontail, Gray and Red Squirrels and the Eastern Chipmunk. Welcome back from hibernation, Chipmunk!

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in March 2019.)


We’re open daily now (it’s May!). Drop in between 10 and 4 to  check out the viewing window, explore the exhibits, discover this year’s art show, Pollinate This! For more special events, try a bird walk, a kids program, or other activities listed on our events page.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

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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, 8′ steel 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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