Bird list & natural events, May 2012

The fact that it’s mid-June before we get to writing the May bird list tells you a lot about the past month. We wrote about the significant heat and drought already, and we just haven’t had time to compile natural-event photographs from the month. The seasonal pulse of migrating birds passed through quickly in early May, in line with the early spring, and by mid-May we’d already settled into the standard summer population.

I keep working on more time-efficient ways to compile this list. I’m no longer separating new or missing birds, but highlighting them differently in the text: new birds are listed in red, birds unobserved since the last month are crossed out.

RECORDED IN MAY (69 species, 19 new, 13 unobserved since April)
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron (likely around, just not seen)
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk (likely around, just not seen/heard)
Broad-Winged Hawk
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great-Crested Flycatcher
White-Eyed Vireo
Red-Eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-Capped Chickadee
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Grey Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Tennessee Warbler
Blue-Winged Warbler
Golden-Winged Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Yellow-Throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-Throated Sparrow
Brown Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole (heard; unconfirmed)
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird
White-Crowned Sparrow
Least Flycatcher

Orange-Crowned Warbler
Blue-Headed Vireo
Blue Grosbeak (first record for the farm)
Bobwhite Quail
Wild Turkey


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