Friday, June 19, 2009

Revised Chateau Papillon Bird List: 51 Species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Now that we're well into the summer season for birding (with summer's official start only a couple of days away), I felt it a good time to provide an updated bird list for Chateau Papillon. We made our goal of 50 species--with a Wood Thrush I've heard several times but not yet seen taking the 50th slot--and added a 51st (a Brown Thrasher feeding in our expanded "natural area" of mulch) just this morning.
  1. Bluebird, Eastern
  2. Bunting, Indigo
  3. Cardinal, Northern
  4. Catbird, Grey
  5. Chickadee, Carolina
  6. Cowbird, Brown
  7. Creeper, Brown
  8. Crow, American
  9. Crow, Fish
  10. Dove, Mourning
  11. Finch, House
  12. Finch, Purple
  13. Flicker, Northern
  14. Flycatcher, Great Crested
  15. Goldfinch, American
  16. Goose, Canada
  17. Grackle, Common
  18. Grosbeak, Rose-breasted
  19. Hawk, Cooper's
  20. Hawk, Red-shouldered
  21. Hawk, Red-tailed
  22. Hummingbird, Ruby-throated
  23. Jay, Blue
  24. Junco, Dark-eyed
  25. Kingbird, Eastern
  26. Mallard
  27. Mockingbird, Northern
  28. Nuthatch, White-breasted
  29. Owl, Barred
  30. Phoebe, Eastern
  31. Robin, American
  32. Siskin, Pine
  33. Sparrow, Chipping
  34. Sparrow, Fox
  35. Sparrow, House
  36. Sparrow, Song
  37. Sparrow, White-crowned
  38. Sparrow, White-throated
  39. Starling, European
  40. Thrasher, Brown
  41. Thrush, Wood
  42. Titmouse, Tufted
  43. Towhee, Eastern
  44. Vulture, Turkey
  45. Waxwing, Cedar
  46. Woodpecker, Downy
  47. Woodpecker, Hairy
  48. Woodpecker, Pileated
  49. Woodpecker, Red-bellied
  50. Wren, Carolina
  51. Wren, House
Though we haven't had the time to construct a water feature (nor the cooperation of the weather; Nature seems to think our whole yard should be a water feature these days!), I do expect we'll add a few more during the fall migration (to start in a month or two), including perhaps some tanagers attracted to our dogwood berries.

Brown ThrasherHopefully by next spring, we'll have something of a pond ready and will attract several warbler species (I'd expect at a minimum Yellow-rumped, perhaps some Northern or Louisiana Waterthrushes, and likely several upper-level migrators like the American Redstart), as well as some herons. Confirming a Yellow-breasted Sapsucker would also be nice, as it's really the only other woodpecker I'd expect to find in our yard's habitat. Winter could bring us a Redpoll or two, and I'm curious about some faint owl hoots I've heard of late which don't seem to be those of the Barred Owl we've heard before. Heck, summer could itself bring us another bird or two, such as some arial displays by Common Nighthawks.

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