Birds at the Mansion House

OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 22

Eastern Kingbird

Canada Goose (and Goslings)

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Chimney Swift

Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted)

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Baltimore Oriole

Northern Cardinal

Barn Swallow

Black-Capped Chickadee

American Robin

Brown Headed Cowbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

House Sparrow

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OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 15

Canada Goose

Mallard

Great Blue Heron

Chimney Swifts

Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Baltimore Oriole

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Bluebird

Barn Swallow

House Finch

Chipping Sparrow

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

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OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 1

Spotted Sandpiper

Double-Crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Barn Sallow

Tree Swallow

Black Tern

Goslings!

Yellow Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Tree Swallow


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OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 24

Common Yellowthroat

Canada Goose

Common Merganser

American Black Duck

Turkey Vulture

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted)

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

House Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Northern Cardinal

Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

American Goldfinch


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OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 10

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vultures (looking to nest in the trees on the south lawn?)

Wood Duck (pair on Oneida Creek)

Dark-Eyed Junco

Common Merganser

OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 3

Killdeer

Song Sparrow

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OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 20

Canada Goose

Mallard

American Black Duck

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted)

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

House Sparrow

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Northern Cardinal

Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR


Over the past couple of weeks amidst the last hurrah of winter, we’ve noticed the surest sign of spring – ROBINS!  During the first few days of March, before the blizzard of March 6/7, we observed flocks of male robins with vibrant orange breasts.  Then a few geese began to straggle across the horizon.  Now, with the ides of March upon us, we hear the familiar gaggle of geese flying in formation overhead as they monitor Sunset Lake for open water, waiting to return to their nesting grounds.

Other birds we’re seeing:  Cardinals in glorious scarlet; Red-Winged Blackbirds with their signature trills and flashing epaulets; house finches looking rosier that I remember; (yellow-shafted) northern flickers; screaming blue jays; peeping black-capped chickadees and nuthatches.  And more!  Stay tuned!

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Winter Birds

(Observed while cross-country skiing and walking in the area)

Mallard

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

Pileated Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

European Starling

House Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

House Finch

Common Redpoll

American Goldfinch

Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-Colored)

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November 30, 2010  (A rainy mild day)

Canada Goose – Branta canadensis     500
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos     2
Common Merganser – Mergus merganser     4
American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos     4
Black-capped Chickadee – Poecile atricapillus     1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) – Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis     1
Northern Cardinal – Cardinalis cardinalis     1

Notable Birds – Week of October 31, 2010


Canada Goose – hundreds “staging” on Sunset Lake preparing for the trip south

Turkey Vulture

Mourning Dove

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling (in their speckled winter coats)

Eastern Bluebird

American Goldfinch

House Finch

Eastern Bluebird

Slate-colored Junco

House Sparrow



Notable Birds – Week of October 11, 2010

(Slate-Colored Junco)

Canada Goose

Turkey Vulture

Great Blue Heron

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Pileated Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling (Winter Plumage)

American Goldfinch

House Finch

Slate-colored Junco

House Sparrow

Song Sparrow

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Notable Birds – Week of October 4, 2010

(American Woodcock)

Canada Goose

Turkey Vulture

Great Blue Heron

American Woodcock (dead by the side of the road – Middle Road near Chapel Rd)

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted)

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

American Robin

European Starling (Winter Plumage)

Slate-colored Junco

House Sparrow

Song Sparrow

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Notable Birds – Week of September 20, 2010

(Ring-Necked Pheasant)

Canada Goose

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Great Blue Heron

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker (Yellow-Shafted)

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Eastern Kingbird

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

American Robin

European Starling (Winter Plumage)

House Sparrow

Song Sparrow

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Notable Birds – Week of September 13, 2010


Canada Geese

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Pileated Woodpecker

Mourning Dove

American Goldfinch

House Finch

Blue Jay

American Crow

Turkey Vulture

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Notable Birds – Week of August 22, 2010


Great Blue Heron – white morph

Canada Goose

Mallard

King bird

Cardinal

Black capped Chickadee

Goldfinch

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Notable Birds – Week of August 15, 2010


Pileated Woodpecker (on the edge of Sunset Pond)

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron – White Morph

Belted Kingfisher

Baltimore Oriole

Cedar Waxwing

Canada Goose

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

American Kestrel

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Eastern Kingbird

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

European Starling

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Northern Cardinal

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

House Sparrow

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Notable Birds – Week of August 8, 2010


A Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers (frolicking between the telephone poles on Middle Road)

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Notable Birds – Week of August 1, 2010


2 Young Turkey Vultures (in the Silver Maple on the front lawn of the Mansion House – thank you, Nola!!!)

Pileated Woodpecker (near Middle Road and Chapel)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron – White Morph

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Notable Birds – Week of July 25, 2010


House Finch (finally!)

Belted Kingfisher

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Week of July 18, 2010

Canada Goose

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

American Kestrel

Great Blue Heron

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Common Yellowthroat

House Sparrow

Bobolink

Red-Winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Northern Cardinal

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

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Week of July 11, 2010

We discovered  regal cedar waxwings on a walk around the grounds of the Oneida Limited office building.

On our walks down the many country roads surrounding us we spotted the following:

Eastern blue birds

American Kestrel

Canada Geese

Great White Egret (on Sunset Pond)

Great Blue Heron (Oneida Creek)

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Week of July 4, 2010

We were thrilled to discover bobolinks in the verdant nearby fields.  Many goldfinches and swallows too.

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Week of June 27, 2010

Red-Bellied Woodpeckers (in the woods adjacent the Mansion House)

Belted Kingfishers (Sunset Pond)

Canada Geese

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (Yellow Shafted)

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Baltimore Oriole (in the great Black Oak tree near the gardens)

Blue Jays

Northern Cardinal

House Sparrows

American Robins

Chimney Swifts

Turkey Vulture

10 Comments

  1. Patricia Hoffman said,

    July 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    We had a pair of red tailed hawks living high in the trees on the north lawn last year but they were chased away by the crows.

    • tontine 255 said,

      July 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      It is fitting that crows should have a prominent place here at the Oneida Community Mansion house. They are cooperative breeders and often several generations of a single family can be found helping at a nest.

  2. Patricia Hoffman said,

    July 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I don’t think I know the American Kestral….I’ll have to look it up. You two certainly have been observant during your walks!

    • tontine 255 said,

      July 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

      It used to be called a Sparrow Hawk due to its relatively small size (not because of its diet) but it’s actually the smallest member of the falcon family.
      So far our bird sightings are strictly casual. I haven’t taken the time to go birding, but soon! There are so many wonderful fields and meadows here that I’m sure the bird life is amazingly diverse.

  3. Patricia Hoffman said,

    August 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I remember reading somewhere that JHN didn’t like a particular kind of sparrow and tried to get rid of them! Have you taken the photographs of the birds featured in this blog?

    • tontine 255 said,

      August 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      I haven’t come across any commentary about ornithological cleansing!
      I’m using public domain photos – I don’t have the high powdered camera lenses necessary for taking pictures of birds (nor the patience!).

      • Patricia Hoffman said,

        August 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

        I can’t remember which book it was in. PB Noyes? Constance Robertson?

  4. Patricia Hoffman said,

    October 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Saw a pheasant last weekend on the way to Common Thread Farm!

  5. Kathy Garner said,

    May 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Kelly Noyes and I have both spotted Rose Crested Grosbeaks at our bird feeders in the past week. Two males visited me and one visited Kelly. Beautiful birds! I’ve never seen one before!

  6. tontine 255 said,

    May 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Wonderful! Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks (aka RBGBs) are very elegant. We will keep a look out! Today I saw a Baltimore Oriole on Kenwood Ave near the wire factory – also a very “flashy” bird.


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