CNP Update: More Spring Arrivals

Spring is still springing, and we finally hit 70 degrees at the CNP. We have had a few new species since last Thursday.

Hermit Thrush – a new spring arrival
Hermit Thrush

The yard has been so wet, a couple of Mallards landed nearby, not a usual visitor to the CNP. More rain (goodbye 70-degree-day) is predicted for this weekend too.

The Chipping Sparrows have arrived, adding to the Dark-eyed Junco trills. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet made a short appearance, but has not stuck around.

The Robins love the wet yard
American Robin

It’s been a few months since we’ve seen a Brown Creeper and Friday Dakota found one after school. Not new for the year, but a fun find nonetheless.

New as of Friday April 11, 2008

  1. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  2. Hermit Thrush
  3. Chipping Sparrow
  4. Mallard
  5. Brown-headed Cowbird

We eagerly await more birds and wildflowers at the CNP! (Although we’ll be busy doing bird counts when migration really hits 🙂

4 thoughts on “CNP Update: More Spring Arrivals

  1. Lovely photo of the Hermit thrush! I got a fleeting glance of one about a week ago here in D.C. I’m looking forward to the Wood thrushes, our state bird, who will sing all summer. Nice blog, BTW. Was looking for thrush stuff and found you through Google.

  2. Greg – thanks! We love the Wood Thrushes too but they hardly ever make it into our yard. Glad you like our blog 🙂

    Moe – Thanks!!

    Brownstonebirder – The Mallards were new for the yard. We live several miles away from two fairly large rivers (Rock and Kishwaukee) so the mallards usually aren’t around unless there is flooding or they are just flying overhead.

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