Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Looking Back: 2Q2014

New Butterflies:

Arctic Skipper (AK)
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (AK)
Milbert's Tortoiseshell (AK)
Western White (AK)

New Places:

Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Great Meadows NWR Sudbury Unit
Mt. Tom State Reservation
Odiorne Point State Park (NH)
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Biggest Surprises:

Dozens of Red Efts on a woodland trail at Burncoat Pond right after a rain shower!

Fox kits hanging out in my backyard after our vacation in Alaska!

New Birds:
  1. ALDER FLYCATCHER*, 6/2014, Alaska
  2. AMERICAN KESTREL*, 4/30/2014, Westboro
  3. AMERICAN REDSTART*, 5/12/2014, Hopkinton
  4. ARCTIC TERN*, 6/2014, Alaska
  5. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER*, 5/7/2014, Ashland
  6. BLACKPOLL WARBLER*, 5/22/2014, Southboro
  7. BLUE-HEADED VIREO*, 5/3/2014, Sutton
  8. BLUE-WINGED WARBLER*, 5/29/2014, Southboro
  9. BROWN THRASHER*, 4/30/2014, Westboro
  10. CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER*, 5/14/2014, Southboro
  11. COMMON MURRE*, 6/2014, Alaska
  12. HORNED PUFFIN*, 6/2014, Alaska
  13. LINCOLN'S SPARROW*, 6/2014, Alaska
  14. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW*, 5/9/2014, Southboro
  15. STELLAR'S JAY*, 6/2014, Alaska
  16. SWAINSON'S THRUSH*, 5/10/2014, Southboro
  17. TUFTED PUFFIN*, 6/2014, Alaska

Favorite Photos:

My bird list to date for 2014 stands at 149, with 17 new birds added to my life list (Alaska sure helped in this category)!  My yard list for 2014 has slowly ticked up to 39.   

My favorite bird of 2Q2014 was:   Bald Eagle

Funny, when I reflect on these photos and lists, some of them seem like they occurred an awfully long time ago.  Spring is a wonderful season to be out in nature and see so many different things!  Fun, fun, fun!

Nesting birds:
American Robin
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Swallow
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-Legged Kittiwake
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Herring Gull
House Wren
Northern Flicker
Red-Necked Grebe
Tree Swallow

Baby Birds:
American Robin
Arctic Tern
Blue Jay
Canada Goose
Eastern Bluebird
Herring Gull
House Finch
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Tree Swallow
Wild Turkey

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