Woodland birds

May 11, 2018 - Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)

Breeding in southeastern and central Canada and the northeastern United States, these warblers migrate to parts of Mexico and Central America. Individual birds often rejoin the same mixed-species foraging flocks on their wintering grounds each year. Although they occasionally eat some berries, their diet is mostly made up of arthropods, which they pluck from foliage, sometimes while hovering. Females build cup-shaped nests in shrubs or saplings from bark, weed stems, grasses, plant down, hair, and rootlets. Though only the females incubate the eggs, both parents care for the chicks.

February 20, 2018 - Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

1,500th Bird

Found in much of central and eastern North America, these grackles often form large, noisy flocks with other blackbirds, starlings, and cowbirds, particularly during the winter. They eat seeds, including corn and rice, along with fruits, garbage, invertebrates, and small vertebrates, including fish, frogs, and mice. Females choose nesting sites, often near water in coniferous trees, and do most of the nest construction. They build the cup-shaped nests from twigs, leaves, grasses, horse hair, and a variety of other materials, such as paper, string, or corn husks.