Through the Window: June 2019

Red-bellied woodpecker, carved by Bob Spear
Red-bellied woodpecker, carved by Bob Spear

Summer is in full swing around here!  every day we fill and watch the feeders, learning new bird identifications, or watching behavior subtleties in birds species we know .It’s amazing to start to pick up on tiny differences in the bibs of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, or behaviors of one Blue Jay and another.

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Blue Jay
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Mourning Dove
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
  • American Goldfinch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Grackle
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Robin
  • American Crow
  • Purple Finch
  • Cooper’s Hawk (6/24/19: successful at catching prey, which was one of the birds with black and white feathers)
  • Baltimore Oriole

Other creatures seen around the feeders included Green Frog, Raccoon,  Eastern Chipmunk, Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, a Porcupine, Swallowtail Butterfly, and Snowberry Clearwing Sphinx Moth.. Also several species of Bumblebees.

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


It’s a glorious summer! Drop in between 10 and 4 to  check out the viewing window, explore the exhibits, and 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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