Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cromwell Valley Park Bird Walk

Fall migration is in full swing and Kye Jenkins led us on a terrific bird walk this morning.  Photos by Fred Brundick.

Catbirds were seen eating berries from Dogwoods and Pokeberries.

Looking for one of the many Red-eyed Vireos feeding and occasionally singing.
Many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were seen.

Cromwell Valley has an extensive Bluebird trail that is monitored by volunteers.  Numerous adults and first year birds were seen.
Kye is in the lead here.  The back woods were quiet, but we did see Blue Jays, a Downy Woodpecker, and Carolina Wrens.
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Wingstem was blooming on both sides of the trails.  It is a member of the Aster family, and an important plant for bees.

We also noted many beautiful spiders and their webs, including this Garden Spider.
 Other birds seen include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse.   Other birders in the area reported Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers. 

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