Posted by: atowhee | June 15, 2017


There were more birds than mosquitoes on the campus this morning.  That’s always a welcome situation…and not always true.  This dawn the grosbeaks were in voice after being silent in yesterday afternoon’s heat.  The nuthatches, wrens, robins, bunting and swallows were all heard from.  Waxwings were playing tag in the brush above Lyman Lakes.  I got to see one swift swoop down to the lake’s surface and splash as it got a drink.  Unable to land on branch or land this bird must eat and drink in flight.

Carleton College campus, Rice, Minnesota, US
Jun 15, 2017 6:35 AM – 7:20 AM.  25 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  X
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Bell’s Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo bellii bellii/medius)  X
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  X
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis)  2
House Wren (Northern) (Troglodytes aedon [aedon Group])  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  X
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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