Monday, April 25, 2011

We have been issued a challenge!

One of the volunteers from Santa Ana (Carolyn) recommended Natchez Trace State Park to us as a stop on our way to Maine. She also indicated that when she was here, a couple of weeks ago, she saw over 50 bird species and challenged us to find more than that. As of the end of our first full day here we’ve gotten exactly 51 species.

We had a little rain shower during the night and when we got up this morning there were birds singing all around us. We had over 20 species right around the RV including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Brown Thrasher, Indigo Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak.

American Robin

American Robin - on nest
Usually 4 eggs. Pale blue or "robin's-egg blue"

Eastern Phoebe - on nest
Usually 4-5 eggs. White, sometimes with a few dots of reddish brown.

Barn Swallow - on nest
3-4 eggs. White, finely spotted with brown and purple.

Eastern Kingbird
The only widespread kingbird in the east.

Spotted Sandpiper
Breeds near the edge of fresh water.

Orchard Oriole
Eggs are pale bluish white, blotched with brown, gray, and purple (Usually 4-5)

Canada Goose
Parents lead young from the nest 1-2 days after hatching.

Brown Thrasher
Will crack open acorns by pounding them with its bill.

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