Saturday, June 11, 2011

St. Bernard's Seminary • June 10

I took a noontime walk today down along the Genesee River gorge behind the old St. Bernard's Seminary. Things were rather quiet until I reached the cemetery. As I was wondering if it was time to turn around and walk back, a Wild Turkey appeared out of nowhere and ran across my path and into the woods of the river gorge. Then a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers began flying around in the area in a very agitated manner. (Nest nearby?) Then I noticed a pair of Eastern Kingbirds in the area doing vaguely the same kind of antsy flying. In a few moments one of the kingbirds flew down to the ground and loaded up with a bill-full of white cottonwood fluff -- nesting material?  Near the end of my walk on the way back, I started hearing what sounded like a Fish Crow, but not quite. It turned out to be a juvenile American Crow, complete with dull head plumage, blue-gray eyes, and bits of pink and red around and inside its bill.

House Sparrow

Turkey Vulture

Brown-headed Cowbird

Eastern Kingbird

Baltimore Oriole (in the midst of preening, hence the disarray of feathers in the middle of its chest)

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

American Crow (juvenile)

Location:     St. Bernard's Seminary
Observation date:     6/10/11
Number of species:     27

Wild Turkey     1
Turkey Vulture     5
Rock Pigeon     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     6
Eastern Kingbird     2
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     3
Black-capped Chickadee     2
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
American Robin     6
Northern Mockingbird     1
European Starling     3
Cedar Waxwing     4
Common Yellowthroat     1
Chipping Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     1
Indigo Bunting     1
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     6
Baltimore Oriole     1
American Goldfinch     3
House Sparrow     4

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