May 4, 2011 – more field trips, more birds

We’ve been spending a lot of time in the field these days.  Monday and Wednesday I had two field trips each day.  I took the camera, but was really focused more on the teaching.  At Ghost Hollow we saw quite a few birds.

Not a bird.

While most of us were looking up in the trees, one student noticed this Big Brown Bat lying in the middle of the trail.  They thought it was dead at first, but after I nudged it, it began to move around.  That was the bonus animal of the day.

From Spring 2011

American Robin — these are everywhere.

From Spring 2011

Palm Warbler: saw this one for the first time last year.

We went out to the Berghofers’ place, and immediately found a road-killed blue racer at the end of the driveway.  We saw a lot of species in total, including some rarities.   We saw a bright, little bird land in a tree, and I told Jenn and Tara they had seen it before, only 3000 miles away.  Tara said, “Blue-footed booby!”  Very funny.  It was a yellow warbler, which is common in the Galapagos. 

From Spring 2011

Female red-winged blackbird.  Not seen nearly as often as the males.

From Spring 2011

Gray catbird.  Also seldom seen.  The neat thing, though, was that we were able to hear the brown thrasher and the catbird sing during the same outing.  The students learned the subtle differences between these mimids.

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