Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring is early this year!

Beautiful sunny morning, amid the ruins of the park. Judy Dore was there with Mark the city tree man, Duane Hillis, and a gardener, inspecting the beautiful old mulberry tree in the middle of the upper garden. It does have splits in it, which all seem quite old. It's not clear why this moment was chosen to consider taking it down. It didn't seem to make the gardener happy to have a truck drive over his new planting. They may be able to take off just the southern stem of the tree. This will happen at 7:00 tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the birds: e-bird was skeptical of the yellow warblers, the orioles, the parula, and the flycatcher -- all of which were unambiguous. It also questioned the common yellowthroat I believe I heard in the upper garden, but didn't see. I guess it's an early spring.

Canada Goose 9
Wood Duck 1 F calling flyover
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Woods near JCC
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 14
Barn Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
House Wren 1
American Robin 20
Gray Catbird 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 8
Northern Parula 1 back of upper gardens
Yellow Warbler 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Pine Warbler 2 JCC
Chipping Sparrow 2 JCC
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 8 Upper gardens
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2 Upper gardens
American Goldfinch 5

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