Saturday, June 1, 2013


Summer's here: all nest building an brooding. I got to the park early, 6:30. I found a Baltimore Oriole nest in a tree in the lower garden. Below the nest, a turtle was laying eggs: 

There's also a Song Sparrow nest in a dense bush at the fence of a garden plot at the east end of the lower garden. At the circle near the soccer field, there's an easily spotted Black-capped Chicadee nest:

The highlight was a brief Cuckoo song, Yellow-billed I believe. Here's a list. I missed Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great-crested Flycatcher. 

Canada Goose  11     single V
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     heard at nature center
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3     Nest 2' in small snag at lower traffic circle.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Warbling Vireo  4     Nest 20' up above sign to soccer field at nature center
Blue Jay  3
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  5
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  6
Common Yellowthroat  2     singing males
Yellow Warbler  7
Song Sparrow  10
Scarlet Tanager  1     first year male, singing
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Baltimore Oriole  8     Nest at W edge of small tree in lower garden
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  1     M at empty house at E end of upper garden

1 comment:

  1. Haynes, I love all your discoveries and pictures, especially the nests and the turtle laying eggs. I found the oriole nest, but didn't find the others yet. I've seen that house sparrow on that house you mentioned. I wish it would go away...