Friday, June 2, 2017


Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
  After hearing and missing it by seconds on several occasions, I finally caught up to the Black-billed Cuckoo that's been haunting the Mount Royal Cemetery of late. Just after 8 a.m. I heard one calling from a wooded slope, then caught a brief look. While my head was still spinning from the sheer, uncut awesomeness of that encounter, a second swooped in and called! Cuck-two! Not an easy bird to clap eyes on, very slippery - I shall dub them ‘Sky Weasels’ from here on out. 
  As two birds have now been spotted together, it may be assumed they’re possibly a mating pair, looking to set up shop...which to me suggests it’s time for photogs to stop using full-blast playback...riiiiiight?

Mount Royal Cemetery, June 2, 2017
Turkey Vulture-2
Ring-billed Gull-1
Black-billed Cuckoo-2
Chimney Swift-2
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Pileated Woodpecker-1

Empid sp.-1 (Yellow-bellied Flycatcher?)
Great Crested Flycatcher-2 heard
Red-eyed Vireo-4
Blue Jay-2
American Crow-5
Black-capped Chickadee-6
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
House Wren-2
Winter Wren-2
Eastern Bluebird-4
American Robin-6
Gray Catbird-2 to 4
Brown Thrasher-1, thrashing through the leaf litter, as they do
Cedar Waxwing-4
Tennessee Warbler-1
Magnolia Warbler-1 in L5
Black-throated Green Warbler-1 heard
Yellow-rumped Warbler-1 heard
American Redstart-5
Wilson’s Warbler-1 in L5
Indigo Bunting-2
Northern Cardinal-3
Chipping Sparrow-12+
Clay-colored Sparrow-1 (apparently there are now two)
Song Sparrow-3
American Goldfinch-12+

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