Monday, May 30, 2011

Roberts Wesleyan College • May 30

This afternoon I took a quick run to Roberts Wesleyan's to take pictures of the Jack-in-the-pulpits. Unfortunately, it seemed most the flowers I found were done blooming, but I found one or two that were still in good shape.







Oatka Creek Park • May 30

It was a mostly cloudy, humid (99%), 67F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. It was just plain *wet* today everywhere in the park! There was a lot of storm-related damage in the park with two good-sized trees broken in half and laying across the dirt road leading from the parking lot into the woods. There was a third broken tree that missed falling onto the dirt road and at least two other broken trees crossing two other trails in the park. Though I ended up with a fairly standard list, it seemed that bird activity was on the light side this morning. It was a second day without chickadees. The most notable find was a Golden-winged Warbler calling from the fields of Black-billed Cuckoo Trail. There were Blue-winged Warblers calling near the trail and the Golden-winged Warbler was calling from a separate area further into the field, so there was a convenient comparison of species calls. I made a video of the calls. I didn't try bushwhacking into the field to get closer, feeling I would make such a ruckus that it was spook everyone. If the calls persist over the days to come, however, I may have to investigate further. As I was nearing the end of Black-billed Cuckoo Trail, I saw a deer with its new fawn at the end of the trail. The fawn was quite small and unsure on its legs. I made a note on my list of "days old fawn", but wondered if I should have dropped the "s". I relaxed my pace to let the mother decide if a photo-op was a good idea, or not. Apparently not today. :-) Redstarts were very *loud* today and distributed evenly throughout the park. The Hooded Warbler call was emphatic and the cuckoo call was from across the fields of Bluebird Trail. It felt good to go home and dry out afterwards!


Pearly Crescentspot


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Tree Swallow


Tree Swallow


Brown Thrasher


Barn Swallow


Barn Swallow


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/30/11
Number of species:     42


Great Blue Heron     1
Mourning Dove     1
Black-billed Cuckoo     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     5
Alder Flycatcher     4
Willow Flycatcher     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     8
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     2
Tree Swallow     2
Barn Swallow     2
Tufted Titmouse     3
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     1
Wood Thrush     1
American Robin     5
Gray Catbird     13
Brown Thrasher     2
Blue-winged Warbler     7
Golden-winged Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     9
American Redstart     3
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     7
Hooded Warbler     1
Eastern Towhee     8
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     5
Northern Cardinal     13
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     6
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     7
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     4
House Sparrow     1


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 29

It was a partially sunny and 67F sunrise birding hike in Oatka today. The first half of the hike was under completely clouded skies and then the second half was until clear blue skies -- quite a contrast! The park continues to settle into its nesting regime with most birds practicing how not to be seen despite any singing they may do. Interestingly, there were no Black-capped Chickadees today and relatively few and relatively quiet Blue Jays and crows. Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, Northern Cardinals, and Indigo Buntings provided most of the acoustic backdrop for the walk. The highlight was walking around the corner of the copse along Bluebird Trail by the nesting boxes and almost running into a Black-billed Cuckoo! Fortunately, the bird merely repositioned itself just a few trees away, as it had other things on its mind. I took several pictures which were all out-of-focus due to the profusions of branches and trees about the bird. Almost in response, the bird then moved a few feet into the field and perched low on a small leafless bush. I began taking now-focused pictures when the cuckoo began calling. I quickly switched to video which you can see here, as I was quite close to the bird. I was fascinated as I heard another Black-billed Cuckoo in the distance answer the call and the two bird carried on a dialog for quite some time. Finally, the cuckoo flew off, though I wouldn't be surprised if the copse will be part of the cuckoo's territory as it appeared to be for a cuckoo last year.


Alder Flycatcher


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Dame's Rocket


Alder Flycatcher


Eastern Chipmunk


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Black-billed Cuckoo


Eastern Towhee


Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/29/11
Number of species:     43


Turkey Vulture     2
Mourning Dove     2
Black-billed Cuckoo     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Alder Flycatcher     2
Willow Flycatcher     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Warbling Vireo     2
Red-eyed Vireo     6
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     6
Tree Swallow     1
Tufted Titmouse     2
House Wren     4
Wood Thrush     6
American Robin     5
Gray Catbird     14
Brown Thrasher     1
Blue-winged Warbler     6
Yellow Warbler     14
Black-throated Green Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     6
Hooded Warbler     1
Eastern Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     8
Song Sparrow     6
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     3
Indigo Bunting     11
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
Baltimore Oriole     3
American Goldfinch     4
House Sparrow     2


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Braddock Bay - May 28

This morning I birded several locations around Braddock Bay with Bob Spahn. I had about a half a dozen new species that I've never seen before and several more that I've only seen once or twice. It was great way to increase one's life list! :-) By my final tally, we found 61 species today.


Swamp Sparrow


Black-throated Green Warbler


Female Blackpoll Warbler


Chestnut-sided Warbler


Bobolink


Bobolink


Bobolink


Location:     Braddock Bay SP
Observation date:     5/28/11
Number of species:     39


Canada Goose     6
Canvasback     1
Lesser Scaup     2
American Bittern     1
Least Bittern     1
Great Blue Heron     1
Green Heron     1
Bald Eagle     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher     2
Alder Flycatcher     4
Willow Flycatcher     5
Great Crested Flycatcher     1
Eastern Kingbird     1
Red-eyed Vireo     2
Tree Swallow     3
Barn Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Marsh Wren     1
Swainson's Thrush     2
Gray Catbird     2
European Starling     30
Yellow Warbler     3
Magnolia Warbler     1
Blackburnian Warbler     2
Blackpoll Warbler     4
Common Yellowthroat     2
Wilson's Warbler     2
Canada Warbler     2
Chipping Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     3
Swamp Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     3
Bobolink     1
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Purple Finch     1
American Goldfinch     1


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--East Spit
Observation date:     5/28/11
Number of species:     26


Mute Swan     2
Mallard     5
Double-crested Cormorant     1
Great Blue Heron     1
Ring-billed Gull     100
Caspian Tern     1
Mourning Dove     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Downy Woodpecker     2
Least Flycatcher     1
Eastern Phoebe     1
Warbling Vireo     1
American Crow     3
Barn Swallow     8
House Wren     1
Swainson's Thrush     1
Gray Catbird     2
Yellow Warbler     6
Chestnut-sided Warbler     1
Black-throated Green Warbler     2
Blackpoll Warbler     6
American Redstart     2
Northern Waterthrush     2
Canada Warbler     1
Red-winged Blackbird     40
House Sparrow     4


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Burger Park
Observation date:     5/28/11
Number of species:     1


Bobolink     6


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Bird Observatory
Observation date:     5/28/11
Number of species:     1


Mourning Warbler     1


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Location:     Braddock Bay WMA--Owl Woods
Observation date:     5/28/11
Number of species:     3


Eastern Bluebird     4
Brown Thrasher     1
Eastern Meadowlark     1


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oatka Creek Park • May 26

It was a mostly cloudy and 77F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. It was a relatively quiet afternoon with mostly the usual songsters in attendance. Things got a bit interesting as I approached the creek from Warbler Loop and saw a hummingbird in the trees overhead. As I turned the corner and walked along the upper bank of the creek, the *loud* calls of an American Redstart grabbed my attention. Hunting for the bird among the foliage, I first encountered a Hairy Woodpecker and then a Blackpoll Warbler before finding the redstart. Down along Bluebird Trail there was a new pair of Eastern Kingbirds staking out territory around the nesting boxes. The remainder of the hike was populated by Wood Thrushes, Scarlet Tanagers, and other breeding season regulars.


Chipping Sparrow


Eastern Bluebird fresh from a dip in a rain puddle


Black-capped Chickadee


Eastern Kingbird


Eastern Kingbird


Tree Swallow


Indigo Bunting


White-tailed Deer


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/26/11
Number of species:     43


Mallard     1
Turkey Vulture     1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     3
Alder Flycatcher     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     3
Eastern Kingbird     2
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     6
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     5
Tree Swallow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Carolina Wren     1
House Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     1
Wood Thrush     1
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     6
Brown Thrasher     1
European Starling     2
Blue-winged Warbler     4
Yellow Warbler     11
Blackpoll Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Common Yellowthroat     2
Eastern Towhee     5
Chipping Sparrow     1
Field Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     4
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1
Indigo Bunting     5
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Baltimore Oriole     5
American Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     3


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Oatka Creek Park • May 25

It was a mostly sunny and 73F late afternoon birding hike in Oatka today. The exodus of spring migrants from the park looks fairly complete with largely local nesting species being the only inhabitants. Tonight must have been Indigo Bunting Prom Night in Oatka, since most of the males were closely accompanied by females. :-) I had a very pleasant surprise when a secretive Common Yellowthroat popped into the open and allowed me to get a few pictures before it disappeared back into the understory. It was interesting to hear a Yellow-throated Vireo again after an absence of a few weeks. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was a call, as was the raven. The crows did not make the raven wait long before it was escorted from the premises. :-) 


Eastern Towhee


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Buntings (male in front, female behind)


Indigo Buntings


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Tree Swallows


Red Admiral


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Location:     Oatka Creek Park
Observation date:     5/25/11
Number of species:     40


Turkey Vulture     3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Alder Flycatcher     2
Great Crested Flycatcher     3
Yellow-throated Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     1
Red-eyed Vireo     4
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     6
Common Raven     1
Tree Swallow     4
House Wren     1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     1
Wood Thrush     4
American Robin     7
Gray Catbird     7
European Starling     1
Blue-winged Warbler     4
Yellow Warbler     15
Chestnut-sided Warbler     1
American Redstart     2
Ovenbird     1
Common Yellowthroat     6
Eastern Towhee     6
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     3
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Indigo Bunting     10
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     5
Baltimore Oriole     4
American Goldfinch     6
House Sparrow     2


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