Monday, May 13, 2013

Patterson Park Friday Bird Walk

Spring migration has finally started!  It was a perfect spring morning for a bird walk, and as usual, Patterson Park had many surprises for us. 

One of our first birds was a Chestnut-sided Warbler, which was singing, but very hard to view.  An Eastern Phoebe sang nearby, and we then added Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, and stumbled upon about 30 White-throated Sparrows which were refueling on their way north.

Enjoy pictures from birder and photographer Terry Lang:
Baltimore Oriole

Eastern Kingbird
As we approached the pond, we noticed the bird of the day - an American Bittern!
A newly arrived American Bittern searching for breakfast.

Notice the beautiful wing pattern
 We tallied 48 species!  Patterson Park Audubon sponsors a walk the last Saturday of the month, and on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the bird walk is led by Chesapeake and Patterson Park Audubon.  Please join us next time.

Entire bird list:
Canada Goose  2
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Bittern  1  
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  2
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  22
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  6

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