Through the Window: October 2020

Ruffed Grouse in fall Crabapple tree
Ruffed Grouse in crab-apple tree in fall.

Who went running in the Race Around Birds? Did you see any birds while you did? It’s a hard race they say*, and pretty tricky to bird at the same time! So we offered a walking option, and two of the walkers observed a Hermit Thrush, and three walkers spotted a Ruffed Grouse.

Take another walk this month: it’s stick season now and although activity is low, visibility through the forest is good. Or stay cozy at our viewing window…you might see some of the ones we did last month.

From the Viewing Window in October

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Crow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Purple Finch
  • Cooper’s Hawk (juvenile, still trying its hunting skills in feeder area)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Eastern Bluebird (3 or 4)
  • White-crowned Sparrow

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

* A 10th grader we know, on his school’s cross-country team, says our race course is the hardest trail course he’s been on, and that includes Harwood…

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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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