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May bird migrants

Posted on May 10, 2014

I’ve spent upwards of 60 hours in the field in the last week with most of my time spent surveying for birds (besides butterflies, dragonflies/damselflies, amphibians, reptiles, plants, you know..basically everything!) and here are more of the photos I’ve taken of a bunch of species.

Black-throated Green Warbler May

Black-throated Green Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler May

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Palm Warbler Jamestown Riverwalk

Palm Warbler

Savannah Sparrow May

Savannah Sparrow

Bobolink KJHW


Chestnut-sided Warbler RTPI

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Eastern Kingbird KJHW yellow

Eastern Kingbird

White-crowned Sparrow KJHW

White-crowned Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak College Lodge

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scarlet Tanager College Lodge

Scarlet Tanager

American Redstart North Harmony SF

American Redstart

Field Sparrow Alder Bottom WMA

Field Sparrow

From May 6 to May 10, without trying to accumulate a high count and simply working on specific properties, I saw 141 bird species in Chautauqua County. What were they, you ask? Here’s all of them!

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck
  3. Gadwall
  4. American Black Duck
  5. Mallard
  6. Blue-winged Teal
  7. Northern Shoveler
  8. Redhead
  9. Hooded Merganser
  10. Red-breasted Merganser
  11. Ring-necked Pheasant
  12. Ruffed Grouse
  13. Wild Turkey
  14. Common Loon
  15. Pied-billed Grebe
  16. Double-crested Cormorant
  17. Great Blue Heron
  18. Green Heron
  19. Turkey Vulture
  20. Osprey
  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  22. Red-shouldered Hawk
  23. Broad-winged Hawk
  24. Red-tailed Hawk
  25. Virginia Rail
  26. Sora
  27. American Coot
  28. Killdeer
  29. Spotted Sandpiper
  30. Greater Yellowlegs
  31. Lesser Yellowlegs
  32. Least Sandpiper
  33. Bonaparte’s Gull
  34. Ring-billed Gull
  35. Herring Gull
  36. Great Black-backed Gull
  37. Caspian Tern
  38. Common Tern
  39. Rock Pigeon
  40. Mourning Dove
  41. Black-billed Cuckoo
  42. Barred Owl
  43. Common Nighthawk
  44. Chimney Swift
  45. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  46. Belted Kingfisher
  47. Red-headed Woodpecker
  48. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  49. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  50. Downy Woodpecker
  51. Hairy Woodpecker
  52. Northern Flicker
  53. Pileated Woodpecker
  54. American Kestrel
  55. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  56. Alder Flycatcher
  57. Willow Flycatcher
  58. Least Flycatcher
  59. Eastern Phoebe
  60. Great Crested Flycatcher
  61. Eastern Kingbird
  62. Yellow-throated Vireo
  63. Blue-headed Vireo
  64. Warbling Vireo
  65. Red-eyed Vireo
  66. Blue Jay
  67. American Crow
  68. Common Raven
  69. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  70. Purple Martin
  71. Tree Swallow
  72. Bank Swallow
  73. Barn Swallow
  74. Black-capped Chickadee
  75. Tufted Titmouse
  76. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  77. White-breasted Nuthatch
  78. Brown Creeper
  79. House Wren
  80. Winter Wren
  81. Marsh Wren
  82. Carolina Wren
  83. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  84. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  85. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  86. Eastern Bluebird
  87. Veery
  88. Swainson’s Thrush
  89. Hermit Thrush
  90. Wood Thrush
  91. American Robin
  92. Gray Catbird
  93. Brown Thrasher
  94. European Starling
  95. Cedar Waxwing
  96. Ovenbird
  97. Louisiana Waterthrush
  98. Northern Waterthrush
  99. Blue-winged Warbler
  100. Black-and-white Warbler
  101. Nashville Warbler
  102. Mourning Warbler
  103. Common Yellowthroat
  104. Hooded Warbler
  105. American Redstart
  106. Cape May Warbler
  107. Northern Parula
  108. Magnolia Warbler
  109. Blackburnian Warbler
  110. Yellow Warbler
  111. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  112. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  113. Palm Warbler
  114. Pine Warbler
  115. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  116. Black-throated Green Warbler
  117. Canada Warbler
  118. Wilson’s Warbler
  119. Eastern Towhee
  120. Chipping Sparrow
  121. Field Sparrow
  122. Savannah Sparrow
  123. Song Sparrow
  124. Swamp Sparrow
  125. White-throated Sparrow
  126. White-crowned Sparrow
  127. Dark-eyed Junco
  128. Scarlet Tanager
  129. Northern Cardinal
  130. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  131. Indigo Bunting
  132. Bobolink
  133. Red-winged Blackbird
  134. Eastern Meadowlark
  135. Common Grackle
  136. Brown-headed Cowbird
  137. Baltimore Oriole
  138. House Finch
  139. Purple Finch
  140. American Goldfinch
  141. House Sparrow

On May 9 alone I had 111. Today’s count was only 96. It really depends on how many various habitats you visit in a given day and each day I have added more and more new “first of the year” species to my personal list. There are a bunch of birds that I have missed which others have recorded and more “first of the year” birds will come for me every day for a while. Western New York is an extremely rich area in terms of natural resources with an explosion of wildlife underway at the moment.

We are only scratching the surface and our conservation department will be hard at work in the field on every form of life all spring and summer. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, anyone…even those who live far away…to get outdoors or travel here and soak in what the Chautauqua-Allegheny region has to offer. A good chance to do so and to learn more will be during RTPI’s Bird Fest 2014 and we hope you join us then.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator

Photos © Scott Kruitbosch