Thursday, May 19, 2011

Roberts Wesleyan College • May 19

With waves of rain and thunderstorms moving through the area this afternoon, at my wife's suggestion I eschewed Oatka Creek Park for the much closer cross-country and bluebird trails of Roberts Wesleyan College to spend more time birding and less time traveling. My wife runs these trails several times a week, so it was a good opportunity for her to accompany me and point out birds she hasn't been able to identify. The wooded section tended to only hold common species such as Yellow Warblers and cardinals. The tall grass field next to the old Chili Plastics and the dormitory parking lot, however, was very interesting! In the sparsely spaced young trees there were several warblers feeding: Hooded, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, and Blackburnian. I got poor pictures of the last three and missed the first, unfortunately. (We were racing the oncoming storm front, so there was little light and not a lot of time for multiple shots.) Another fun highlight was noticing some movement near the edge of one of the retention ponds, which binoculars revealed to be a female Mallard and seven fluffball ducklings. As we were fairly close when we made our discovery, Mother Duck decided to take her brood across the pond to another hiding place on the far side. This provided a nice opportunity for several unobstructed pictures during the water parade. :-) We made it back to the car just as the rain began again.


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Mallard


Mallard


Mallard


Mallard


Blackburnian Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Song Sparrow


Location:     Roberts Wesleyan College
Observation date:     5/19/11
Notes:      
Number of species:     20


Mallard     8
Mourning Dove     1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     2
House Wren     1
American Robin     2
Gray Catbird     1
European Starling     20
Yellow Warbler     4
Magnolia Warbler     2
Yellow-rumped Warbler     1
Blackburnian Warbler     1
Hooded Warbler     1
Chipping Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     3
Red-winged Blackbird     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     3
House Sparrow     2


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