CNP Update: Bird Number 100

The Callaway Nature Preserve recorded a number of new species this spring, including our 100th bird!

The Philadelphia Vireo is officially our 100th species for the CNP Life List, a bird that is difficult to photograph. We have since past the 100 mark and also had an amazing influx of new birds on Memorial Day after a storm passed through.

Black-billed Cuckoo – A new CNP Lifer!
Black-billed Cuckoo

The storm arrived some time Sunday night and we received almost 1.5 inches of rain. Apparently, it also rained birds! We were alerted early in the morning by a Scarlet Tanager singing his heart out and within a few minutes of sitting outside, we heard the distinct call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

We could hardly believe our eyes when we saw the cuckoo perched near a power pole. If that shock wasn’t enough, later in the afternoon a Black-billed Cuckoo arrived. We had dreamed of cuckoos in the backyard but never really thought it would happen (unless you count neighbors 🙂 )

New Monday Arrivals

  1. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  2. Veery
  3. Great-crested Flycatcher
  4. Gray-cheeked Thrush
  5. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  6. Tufted Titmouse (we don’t get these guys often!)

Also New Monday and New for the CNP Life List

  1. Blue-headed Vireo (101)
  2. Yellow-billed Cuckoo (102)
  3. Canada Warbler (103)
  4. Black-billed Cuckoo (104)
  5. Tree Swallow (105)
  6. Bald Eagle (106)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – A new CNP Lifer!
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

This has been an amazing year at the Callaway Nature Preserve so far! We just never know what might show up during migration.

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