Posted by: atowhee | June 17, 2017


The second and last reunion birdwalk was this morning.  We added a species not seen before: pair of Orchard Orioles weaving their sac nest in tree next to  upper Lyman Lake.  Sew also saw House Wren coming and going from nest hole in tree along the same lakeshore. Barn Swallows are nesting on northeast corner of Evans Hall.  Earlier this week I saw White=breasted Nuthatch at nest hole near Leighton Hall.  There is no such thing as “summer vacation” in the world of the adult bird. Boldest bird this morning was the Eastern Kingbird, hunting and fly-catching before our eyes.  Cedar Waxwing would have been voted most handsome.

Carleton College Campus, Rice, Minnesota, US
Jun 17, 2017 6:30 AM – 7:40 AM
22 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  6
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X     nesting at norrthwest corner of Evans Hall below brick bay of windows
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
House Wren (Northern) (Troglodytes aedon [aedon Group])  1     nesting in tree hole next to upper Lyman Lake
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  10
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  2     nest building in tree next to upper Lyman Lake
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4

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