Bird Roll Call: May 14, 2018

  • American crow2
  • American goldfinch2
  • American redstart**2
  • American robin2
  • Black-capped chickadee2
  • Blackpoll warbler*2
  • Blue jay2
  • Brown thrasher2
  • Chimney swift2
  • Common grackle2
  • Downy woodpecker2
  • Eastern wood-peewee**2
  • Empidonax sp. (I believe this was an Acadian flycatcher*)2
  • European starling2
  • House finch2
  • House sparrow2
  • House wren2
  • Mourning dove2
  • Nashville warbler**2
  • Northern cardinal2
  • Northern flicker2
  • Orange-crowned warbler**2
  • Pine siskin2
  • Red-bellied woodpecker2
  • White-breasted nuthatch2
  • Yellow warbler2

This was an exciting day of birding, given that I never left my backyard. I had six warbler species come through, as well as two flycatcher species. The American redstart visited in the morning. At about noon, the yellow warbler, Nashville warbler, and blackpoll warbler all visited in quick succession. The orange-crowned warbler came a little later in the afternoon. I heard the eastern wood-peewee before I saw it but didn’t trust my ear. I later found it perched on my neighbor’s utility line. The Acadian flycatcher was the last exciting visitor for the day. I was struck by its greenish coloring.

The other birds — the regulars — were quite active. Of note, the white-breasted nuthatches scaled the trees, checked out the bird feeders, and bathed in one of the birdbaths.

I heard little sounds coming from one of the sweetgum trees. I couldn’t tell if they were baby squirrels or baby birds, but I think it was the latter.

Location — in my backyard. A single asterisk indicates first sighting. A double asterisk indicates first sighting in my yard.