A Great Bird Day 4/14/09

“Hey! The Purple Martins (Progne subis) are here!” ::everybody runs outside:: I did not make a note of when they arrived last year, shame on me, but the year before they arrived on the 19th of April. I also wrote that we saw the scouts, which is incorrect. Martins don’t send scouts, they are just the older birds, which just makes sense.

Also spotted:
In the hay field about halfway back, along the fenceline, a Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). This is the first year that I’ve seen these on our property, although I see them everywhere else. I hope they like us enough to stay.

A large, male Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta or Sturnella magna) on a hayfield fence post. He was in full-blown breeding plumage – beautiful!

A group of 6 or so Turkey Vultures having dinner. We didn’t stop to see what they were eating, but thanked them for keeping our highways and byways clean.

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3 Responses to A Great Bird Day 4/14/09

  1. seeker86 says:

    Those are beautiful. I haven’t seen any around here. We have mockingbirds, cardinals and finches. I used the site you linked to to help me figure out what the mockingbird was:) That is a wonderful site. I have an owl in my backyard too but I’ve never seen him. We hear him when we BBQ.

    Maybe your Mr. Owl is waiting for a dinner invitation! I can only recall sighting an owl around here once, but we, quite often, hear them in the woods.

  2. seeker86 says:

    LOL I forgot to say we see downey woodpeckers too. I didn’t know there name until I found the website:)

  3. Chrystal says:

    What were the birds we use to hear all the time at the A-Frame in Minot?

    I bet you’re thinking of the mourning doves.

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