All over the planet, birds are on the move. While some species tend to stay put year-round, others are known to migrate thousands of miles, across continents and hemispheres, between their summer breeding areas and their warmer winter homes.
This Saturday, May 14, people in over 100 countries will take part in a birdathon, aiming to observe as many bird species as possible. In last year’s event, participants were able to spot a total of over 6,000 bird species.
While there aren’t so many species here in Wisconsin, this week That Yard hosted four new types of birds, bring the local total to 43.
The new visitors are:
- The brown thrasher, a loud but reclusive relative of mockingbirds.
- The indigo bunting, an unmistakable bright blue songbird.
- The ovenbird, recognizable by its slow, calm movements along the ground.
- The Nashville warbler, a small yellow bird that moves quickly through low vegetation.
Adding in the eight mammal species that have been observed, That Yard has now recorded over 50 species of vertebrates. (There are definitely no fish, and no amphibians or reptiles have been confirmed.)
None of these animals have caused any damage or trouble. Sharing space with other beings is a joyful way to live!