May 2012 Summary

By , June 3, 2012 1:15 pm

Osprey 5/18/12

Osprey 5/18/12

May was a fantastic month for birding. We identified 99 different species, 84 of them on our own street. We had 2 days where we identified over 50 birds and the average per day was 39 birds. In short a very busy month and a very good month. Most of that success is due to the fact that we simply spend a lot of time outdoors looking for birds. We are also more systematic about it. We have a printed spreadsheet of possible birds that we use as a checklist each day. We use our database to estimate what birds we should be seeing. We have a digital recorder so we can listen to songs of birds that we didn't quite identify in the field. We also have had the good luck to be looking when a few fantastic birds stopped by (it was purely luck that had us out looking when the Yellow-headed Blackbird appeared).

If we have a favorite from May it is either the Canada Warbler or the Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird 5/1/12

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brown Thrasher 5/20/12

Brown Thrasher

Common Loon 5/18/12

Common Loon

Canada Warbler 5/11/12

Canada Warbler

Common Yellowthroat 5/31/12

Common Yellowthroat

Bay-breasted Warbler 5/12/12

Bay-breasted Warbler

Baltimore Oriole 5/4/12

Baltimore Oriole

Cedwar Waxwing 5/14/12

Cedwar Waxwing

One Response to “May 2012 Summary”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I truly enjoyed birding in the month of May! It’s hard to believe we are now settling into the summer birding, which is less intense. Autumn birding will be fun; I now look forward to that! The Red-winged Blackbirds are now eating us out of house & home. I removed the flat feeder and replaced it with a tube feeder, so the seed is lasting longer. We have to purchase some upside down suet feeders soon so the blackbirds will have a harder time getting at the suet; then the woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees will be able to get it.
    My favorite birds of May are the Yellow-headed Blackbird and the Canada Warbler!

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