Through the Window: September 2023

Life-like Pine Warbler woodcarving by Bob Spear
Pine Warbler, carved by Bob Spear

It’s the last month for the Hummingbirds (for the year). Nevertheless, they delighted those who sat at the Viewing Window this month, as the “Hummers” continued to defend “their” feeders!

Not only that, but we saw some unusual-for-the-feeder-area birds as well. Read on to find out what species they were…

September Bird List

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue Jay
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female 9/6, 9/13, 9/15, 9/16; male 9/2)
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Pine Warbler
  • Veery
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Cedar Waxwing (vocalizing)
  • Gray Catbird (9/19)
  • White-throated Sparrow (9/26)

And we’ve seen the Groundhog and some Eastern Chipmunks this month. So fuzzy!

(Bold items in this list are species not recorded in August 2023.)
We have some notes on feeders and avian influenza in previous months’ posts.

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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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