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
RECORDED IN MAY (69 species, 19 new, 13 unobserved since April)
Great Blue Heron (likely around, just not seen)
Red-Tailed Hawk (likely around, just not seen/heard)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Baltimore Oriole (heard; unconfirmed)
Blue Grosbeak (first record for the farm)