May 16 was our 12th Deer Run Bird Survey and we got our 100th species (and then some)!
Veery, Dad and Arizona (one of our canine helpers) started out around 8 in the morning and finished up by 11. It was around 60 degrees and sunny.
Our 99th species was a beautiful pair of Orchard Orioles. In a blaze of orange glory, we found number 100 singing in a large Cottonwood tree, the Baltimore Oriole.
We then passed up species number 100 with a Magnolia, Tennessee and Yellow Warbler, Yellow-throated, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo, Cedar Waxwing and Bank Swallow!
A few other highlights included a baker’s dozen of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Great Crested Flycatcher, and American Redstart.
Around ever corner we found a singing Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged Blackbird and Song Sparrow. The birds are frisky and love is definately in the air.
For this survey we had 329 individuals of 55 species. Our overall total consists of individual birds is 4251 of 108 species.