Bird List en New Year: New Bird <p>&quot;175,&quot; responds&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, the Museum&#39;s ornithology collections manager and resident bird nerd, when someone asked him&nbsp;how many birds he&#39;s&nbsp;documented&nbsp;around the Museum. In the last few days of 2013 Kimball checked off another bird that had never before been documented in Exposition Park, this brought Kimball&#39;s ever growing list to its current pinnacle.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/KLG%20photo%20June%202010a.JPG" /></p> <p>Kimball behind the scenes in Ornithology</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Exposition Park Golden-crowned Kinglet Hollywood Hills Kimball Garrett King Vulture Regulus satrapa Blog Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:41:50 +0000 Lila Higgins 832 at What's Up Goatsucker? <div>Yes, the first Goatsucker has been&nbsp;found in our new wildlife gardens! No,&nbsp;I&#39;m not talking about&nbsp;a weird new species of goat parasite,&nbsp;I&#39;m actually talking about a&nbsp;type of owl-like bird. Goatsuckers, a.k.a.&nbsp;nightjars, are&nbsp;members of&nbsp;the&nbsp;family Caprimulgidae, which comes from the&nbsp;Latin word <em>Caprimulgus</em>, literally meaning goatsucker.&nbsp;The Latin name came about because of&nbsp;the mistaken belief that these birds would&nbsp;swoop under&nbsp;milking goats to steal milk from the teat!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Common Poorwill Goatsucker gular fluttering hibernating bird nightjar Phalaenoptilus nuttalli Blog Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:38:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 715 at First Canada Warbler Spotted in Exposition Park <div><span><span>This week I got another e-mail from one of our scientists. This time it was from Kimball Garrett, our amazing Ornithology Collections Manager. He found another bird for our Exposition Park bird list, and my isn't it cute? Here's Kimball's communique from October 3rd at 1:24pm:</span></span></div> <div><span></span></div> <div><span><span><span>"All, </span></span></span></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Canada warbler Exposition Park Kimball Garrett Wilsonia canadensis Blog Sat, 06 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 717 at Another New Bird for Our Bird List <div> <p>170 and Counting...</p> <p>Late last week, Kimball Garrett, NHM&#39;s Ornithology Collections Manager, spotted a new species for our Exposition Park bird list...drum roll please!</p> <p>It was an Indigo Bunting, <em>Passerina cyanea</em>.&nbsp;Although Kimball had his camera with him, he was unfortunatley unable to snap a picture. Here is an image of a male Indigo Bunting, so you can at least get a sense of what they look like.</p> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds eBird Exposition Park Indigo Bunting Kimball Garrett Passerina cyanea Blog Sat, 09 Jun 2012 00:19:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 693 at American Goldfinches Find Feeders and Get Counted <p>American Goldfinches, <em>Spinus tristis</em>, have found our bird feeders! Flocks of them have been visiting the nyger seed feeders that the Museum's live animal caretakers fill on an almost daily basis.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Goldfinch bird feeders Bird List birds eBird Great Backyard Bird Count Kimball Garrett Lesser Goldfinch nyger seed Blog Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:17:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 669 at Unusual Bird Sighting: Common Yellowthroat <p>Sam Easterson has caught a relatively unusual occurrence on camera. On New Year's day Sam's camera trap discovered a Common Yellowthroat (<em>Geothlypis trichas</em>) skulking behind one of our sheds (I should add that this is the same shed the opossums have a den underneath). It is relatively unusual only because of the season, this is only the third time a Common Yellowthroat has been sighted here in winter! <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Camera trap common yellowthroat Blog Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 672 at Scat: Owls and Opossums Oh My! <p>Mystery abounds in the North Campus, for who&#39;s been leaving scat under the footbridge? I discovered a vast array (about 10 pieces) of scat while I was searching for fungi a few weeks ago, and of course I snapped some pictures to try and identify our most recent visitor.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anima scat animal poop Bird List Burrowing owl Camera trap Jim Dines Opossum poop raccoon Sam Easterson scat Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 679 at First Owl Recorded in North Campus <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><span><span><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/P1000975%202.JPG" /></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Burrowing owl Kimball Garrett owl Blog Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:20:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 681 at Bird Crashes into Museum Building and Dies For Science <p>Soras, <em>Porzana carolina</em>, seem to be really poor fliers. So much so that last week one flew into the side of the Museum and&nbsp;killed itself. This brings the Exposition Park Bird List, maintained by Kimball Garrett,&nbsp;our Ornithology Collection Manager,&nbsp;up to 167 species. &quot;But wait,&quot; I hear you crying, &quot;what about bird number 166?&quot; In my&nbsp;previous post <a href="/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science">New Bird For North Campus List</a>,&nbsp;it clearly stated that the Rufous Hummingbird was species 165.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bird List birds Jerome Brown Kimball Garrett Michael Wilson Sora Swainson's Hawk Blog Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 651 at New Bird For North Campus List <p><strong>165 and Counting...</strong>Earlier this week, Kimball Garrett, NHM Ornithology Collections Manager, spotted a not-so-common sight, a pair of Rufous Hummingbirds, <em>Selasphorus rufus</em>, in the Rose Garden. This hummingbird species is now number 165 on Kimball's Exposition Park Checklist. Over the last 28 years, Kimball has been keeping track of all the birds he sees in Exposition Park, even those that are just doing a fly-over!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies Bird List birds hummingbirds nest Rufous Hummingbird Blog Sat, 02 Apr 2011 02:09:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 638 at