Through the Window: July 2019

Adult Common Grackle tends its juvenile while a Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks on.
Adult Common Grackle tends its juvenile while a Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks on.

By July, the birds get pretty busy with nestlings, fledglings, and juveniles.  A few juveniles of one kind of another come to the feeders, and fuss at their parents to keep on feeding them.

Here are the species seen at the feeders over the last month. Sometimes we can even tell when the bird is a juvenile!

  • Blue Jay
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Common Grackle — begging young and parent
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-tailed Hawksoaring above ridge, seen from south side
  • Song Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Purple Finch

Some birds we didn’t record, which strikes some of us as a bit odd. They are usually around! Perhaps it is us who weren’t around at the right times!

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-capped Chickadee

Other creatures actually recorded from around the feeders included Woolly bear caterpillar, some sort of Black Beetles,  Eastern Chipmunk, Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in June 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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