Thursday, December 30, 2010

In Memoriam

I've been keeping track of bird deaths at work. The construction of this colossal building was completed about a year and a half ago, and since that time many of us have been seeing a huge number of window strikes around the buildings and starvation deaths in the parking garage stairwell. Devens has some great habitat including tracts of early succession forest, ponds and large fields. The Nashua river runs nearby and much of the land surrounding the building is actually in Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge as well as the Nashua River Watershed IBA (Important Bird Area). All I can do is document the photos I've taken. There are at least 3 birds that don't currently have photographic documentation; 2 European Starlings (1 window, 1 garage starvation) and 1 Eastern Bluebird (window).
Yellow Warbler #1 (spring migration) - Garage
 Chipping Sparrow #1 - Garage
 Tufted Titmouse #1 - Window Strike
 Brown-headed Cowbird (immature) #1 - Window Strike
 Blackpoll Warbler #1 - Window Strike (this bird eventually flew off to continue its grueling fall migration) 
 Chipping Sparrow #2 - Window Strike
 White-breasted Nuthatch #1 - Window Strike
 Chipping Sparrow #3- Window Strike
Tufted Titmouse #2 - Garage Starvation

Barn Swallow - Window Strike

Gray Catbird - Garage strike
Baltimore Oriole - Window Strike (survived)

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