Through the Window: May 2020

Eastern Phoebe pair at nest, woodcarving by Bob Spear
Eastern Phoebe pair at nest. This woodcarving by Bob Spear, finished in 1981, is upstairs in our Nesting Gallery.

This exhibit of Eastern Phoebes nesting sure puts us in mind of spring. And spring truly is here: a bit of mud, early leaves, returning migrants.

We look forward to the days when the dangers of this coronavirus are past or at least well-mitigated, and we can offer early morning bird walks again. In the meantime, please enjoy our records from our view-through-the-window, and take a turn on our trails yourself, if you can.

May birds

  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Blue Jay
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Purple Finch
  • American Crow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male, May 6; female, May 16)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (5/11)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (May 13)
  • Great Crested Flycatcher (May 15)
  • Common Grackle

Still seeing our neighboring Red Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks, and Gray Squirrels.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in March 2020. We seem to have misplaced our April record.)


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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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