It's been about a year since I started using eBird
to log my bird sightings, so might as well celebrate by featuring all the bird species I've recorded on campus in the past year. Forty-three species are a measly drop in the bucket for veteran birders, and none of these are particularly rare, but I'm willing to bet many people on campus have never seen most of them during their time here. A shame that nature in such proximity often goes unappreciated. (As a matter of fact, last fall a rarity for the region did
show up on campus, a clay-colored sparrow, but, frustratingly, I had not had the time to go out and find it.)
It should go without saying that to see all
of these species on just one tour around campus would
be quite a feat and that this is by far not a complete list of birds that can be sighted here. (In fact, the day I finished this drawing I saw a new on-campus species for me, a hairy woodpecker.) My list is especially lacking in species that stick around only for the summer (due to summer vacation, naturally).
By the way, I strongly
to use eBird (given that you see birds and can identify any of them to species level... so essentially everyone). It's a good way to contribute to scientific research, and keeping an organized digital record of your observations is fun.
For anyone curious about the actual species of birds depicted here, they are as follows: Canada goose, mallard, great blue heron, black vulture, turkey vulture, sharp-shinned hawk, bald eagle, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, killdeer, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, mourning dove, chimney swift, belted kingfisher, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, eastern phoebe, blue jay, American crow, fish crow, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, eastern bluebird, American robin, gray catbird, northern mockingbird, European starling, cedar waxwing, field sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed junco, northern cardinal, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, house finch, American goldfinch, and house sparrow.