Current Bigby status:

Walking Bigby: – 50 species
Self-propelled Bigby: – 68 species
Combined Bigby species: – 92 species

A small group of people (raising funds for the MBO which is adjacent to the arboretum) spent several hours quartering the Morgan Arboretum today after starting at dawn in the MBO and the seed farm area … and as I cycled up there it counted as a Bigby day for me too. Total species for the day was 94 while my personal list was a happy 65.

I will list the birds i saw at the end of this posting … but first of all, the extensive route walked was this:

Which, when superimposed on Google Earth’s satellite imagery becomes:

Anyway – quite a spectacular haul of really nice birds. You will have gathered from earlier postings here that spring has been hard going this year, well finally they seem to have arrived.

Getting the species counted was the main objective so i didn’t hump around the big lenses, but here are a few images from the round … I will turn these into a “virtual” birding trail for the website later in the month.

Here is the nest of a Baltimore Oriole;

Blossom Corner is magnificent this week:

A lot bird identification at this time of the year is done by listening to the calls rather than seeing ghe birds clearly … here we have some serious, attentive, focussed listening going on:

Now – you are burning to know what the birds were that I saw today … and which you could see tomorrow, they’ll still be there:


Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker,Northern Flicker,Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird,Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing,House Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush,American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, American Crow, European Starling,Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler,Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler,Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Pine Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler,Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler,Scarlet Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal,Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle,Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch,House Sparrow