Thursday, June 17, 2010

IU XC Course, 6/17/10 - 81 species, FOY singing cicada

Great morning on the Indiana University cross country course...81 species in all. Birds were very active and vocal for some reason. And I also heard my first singing cicada of the season in the woods north of the XC course...seemed a bit early? Those woods remind me of the woods behind my parents' house out in the hills west of Evansville (IN). Found my first Worm-eating Warbler there at age 16. Also reminded me how we used to call the cicadas "locusts" back in the day (mid-1960s), and collect paper sacks full of their shed exoskeletons. Those were the days. :-)

One big highlight of the morning...five interesting species being very vocal in the same general area in the northern part of the XC course: Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Field Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow. These species are "interesting" to me because, at one time or another, I have been known to confuse the vocalizations of several or all of these species with one another. But when you hear them all going at the same time their distinctions and differences are obvious. Too bad there wasn't a vocalizing Junco to throw into the mix! :-)

The full species list follows...

Location: Indiana University--Cross Country Course
Observation date: 6/17/10
Number of species: 81

Wild Turkey 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 7
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer 3
Rock Pigeon 7
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 15
Horned Lark 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Carolina Wren 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 8
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 6
European Starling 22
Cedar Waxwing 5
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 4
Cerulean Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Worm-eating Warbler 3
Ovenbird 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Indigo Bunting 9
Dickcissel 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Eastern Meadowlark 15
Common Grackle 18
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 20

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