Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Konrad Lorenz:

We are by no means professional "birders," or even amateurs. We simply enjoy watching birds in our backyard, and we have an identification guide. A dangerous combination, producing pseudo-experts. So, given that caveat, here is our report:

Our first female Ruby-throated hummingbird -Archilocus colubris- of the year has arrived at our feeders. We also have two males sorting out their territories. The count will rise monotonically to the absolute fury we get around August, when we have an uncountable cloud of 20 or so psychotic chatterers surrounding the feeders. My target this year is to get one to sit on my finger - I'm confident this can be done, since last year they were tolerant of me sitting a few inches from them...

Other birds we get:

  • Blackbirds (Brewer's?) - Euphagus cyanocephalus
  • Red-winged Blackbirds - Agelaius phoeniceus
  • Eastern Blue Birds - Sialia sialis
  • Blue Jays - Cyanocitta cristata
  • Northern Cardinals - Cardinalis cardinalis
  • Black-capped Chickadees - Parus atricapillus
  • Brown-headed Cowbirds - Molothrus ater
  • American Crows - Corvus brachyrhynchos(?)
  • Doves (Rock/Mourning?) - Columba livia/Zenaida macroura
  • Indigo Bunting (?) - Passerina cyanea
  • Purple Finches - Carpodacus purpureus
  • American Goldfinches - Carduelis tristis
  • Canada Geese - Branta canadensis
  • Grackles (Common?) - Quiscalus quiscula
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks - Pheucticus ludovicianus
  • Dark-eyed Juncos - Junco hyemalis
  • Purple Martins - Progne subis
  • American Robin - Turdus migratorius (no giggling in the back there...)
  • Chipping Sparrows - Spizella passerina
  • House Sparrows - Passer domesticus
  • European Starlings - Sturnus vulgaris
  • Tufted Titmice - Parus bicolor
  • Woodpeckers (Red-headed/-bellied?)
  • Wrens (Carolina/House/Winter?)
  • Vireos - Vireo atricapillus?

An interesting site to look up arrivals and even enter your own birding data, if you're serious about it: eBird. A less intimidating website, for the casual surfer: Bird Nature.