Date: 5/15/18 11:31 am From: Russell Benedict <BenedictR...> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: my poor students
The great day continues. The same window that was active this morning when my students were taking a test is still the place to be. Just outside the windows on the SW corner of the Vermeer Science Center at Central College are a couple of young English or swamp white oaks that are flowering. They have been buzzing with bird activity all day - the latest was a male and a female Bay-breasted Warbler (only the third or fourth time I have seen that species) and a Scarlet Tanager so close that I had to back up (and put on sunglasses!). I have lived in Pella for 16 years now. I have had individual days that are similar to what I have seen lately, but I have never had seven straight days of migrant activity like this. Does this mean that the folks to our east are not seeing much? Have the weather patterns funneled a lot of the bird activity to us - activity that usually is spread out more evenly across the U.S.? Russ.
I am sitting in the Vermeer Science Center at Central College in Pella giving a final to my Ornithology class, and the trees outside the window are swarming with birds. The students are trying to focus on their test while American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Swainson's Thrushes dance around within ten feet of the window. And I am not helping sitting at the front desk with my binoculars glued to my face. What a spring!! Russ.
Professor of Biology
Director of Prairies For Agriculture Project
Department of Biology, Central College
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