Through the Window: September 2019

Magnolia Warbler, carved by Bob Spear
Magnolia Warbler, carved by Bob Spear

We welcomed an unexpected slew of warblers in the middle of September—something about this year’s migration led to several species appearing in and near our feeder area just when we had extra birders looking out the windows!

  • Mourning Dove
  • American Goldfinch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Common Yellowthroat (juvenile male by mini pond)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Tennessee Warbler (from the viewing window 9/17)
  • Magnolia Warbler (from the viewing window 9/17)
  • Blackpoll Warbler (up at pond)
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler  (from the viewing window 9/17)
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Catbird
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Veery
  • Barred Owl
  • Ovenbird (at retreat on 9/17)

Other species noticed near and around the feeders included Eastern Chipmunk and Gray Squirrel.

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


It’s been a warm and lovely early fall. Drop in during October, between 10 and 4, to check out the viewing window, explore the exhibits, and enjoy the last month of 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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