Through the Window: October 2019

Full whiteboard! A Viewing window list
Full whiteboard! A Viewing window list from October 2019.

October is such a rich month. Migration trails off, yes, and the foliage is mostly past by the end of the month. But for us, it’s a month rich with volunteers, birding, and a sense of getting ready for a behind-the-scenes season.

Enjoy the double-list this month, and read on for why!

  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Blue Jay
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Catbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Purple Finch

Because the Big Sit! also happens this month, here are the additional species observed that day too.

  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Brown Creeper
  • American Crow
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Canada Goose
  • Common Raven
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Red-winged Blackbird

The complete record of the 30 species we observed is posted at the Big Sit website:

These feeders keep attracting not-birds too, as one might expect. This month we especially noticed Eastern Chipmunks and two surprising (and surprised) Raccoons.

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

We’ve now moved into our By Appointment season. Come visit… but please call a few days in advance to confirm we will have staff here that day and time. Even during this “off” season, we’ll have walks and more activities: check out our events page.

Volunteers, we always 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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