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.
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
- Eastern Wood-Pewee
- Great-crested Flycatcher
- Gray-cheeked Thrush
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Tufted Titmouse (we don’t get these guys often!)
Also New Monday and New for the CNP Life List
- Blue-headed Vireo (101)
- Yellow-billed Cuckoo (102)
- Canada Warbler (103)
- Black-billed Cuckoo (104)
- Tree Swallow (105)
- Bald Eagle (106)
This has been an amazing year at the Callaway Nature Preserve so far! We just never know what might show up during migration.