Through the Window: July 2020

vulture carving from underneath
Vulture sculpture from underneath

On a warm day, we sometimes (though not often) see Turkey Vultures overhead at the Museum. If it rains, well, we can come in and look up anyway, practicing our identification of raptors by plumage.

And we can also look out through our viewing window…


Birds observed this July

  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Goldfinch
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Purple Finch
  • Cooper’s Hawk (7/18)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Crow (group of 6—a family?)

Seen from the bridge on July 21:

  • Broad-winged Hawk mobbing a red-tail hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Crows fussing and flying around both hawks

Not birds:

Hummingbird Clearwing moth (July 23); Woodchuck, Eastern Chipmunks,Red Squirrrels, Gray Squirrels, and Butterflies (including Great Spangled Fritillaries, Eastern Comma, Northern Pearly-eyes, Monarch, Red Admiral, Northern Crescent, and Question Mark)

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in June 2020.)

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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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