Friday, May 27, 2011
The good news is that the Eastern Bluebirds are indeed nesting in the same cavity that they used last year. I've observed both the male and female bringing insects to the hole over the past couple of days, so I suspect that the eggs have already hatched. We should be seeing the young birds venture out of the nest in the next week or so.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
On May 12, I happened across a rather rare (for Minnesota) bird hanging out at Powderhorn park. This first-spring Summer Tanager was hanging out with a male Scarlet Tanager near the park building:
I went back the next morning and found him in a tree by the basketball court. I'm quite sure he has moved on by now, but it was a nice surprise to stumble upon a bird whose normal range doesn't extend much north of Missouri.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The last couple of days have been pretty spectacular for new migrant arrivals. The treetops are often filled with warblers these days, so look up! In the last two days alone, the following birds have arrived at Powderhorn Park for the first time this year:
- Savannah Sparrow*
- Eastern Kingbird
- Great Crested Flycatcher
- Tennessee Warbler (among the Nashville and Orange-crowned warblers)
- Blackburnian Warbler*
- Golden-winged Warbler*
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak
- Scarlet Tanager*
- Green Herons (2 on the island)
* birds I've not previously seen at Powderhorn
In addition, Swainson's Thrushes are still around, and I even saw a pair of Downy Woodpeckers mating this morning.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
In addition to the previously-mentioned Sandpipers, notable birds that showed up at Powderhorn Park this week include quite a few warblers: Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler (a new park bird for me). New non-warblers include Blue-headed Vireo, Least Flycatcher, Chimney Swift, Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Brown Thrasher (another new park bird), Gray Catbird, Winter Wren, several Swainson's Thrushes, and the first Black-crowned Night-Heron of the year. An Ovenbird also wandered through my back yard on Tuesday morning.
Yellow-rumped Warblers were still plentiful this week as well.