Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mount Pleasant Farm Bird Walk

A beautiful day, especially earlier in the morning before the wind picked up, for the congenial participants. Nothing super awesome but we found plenty of nice birds; we also did not find a number of expected migrants, such as yellow-bellied sapsucker. Overall, the birding was fairly active a good deal of the time. We had 51 species. Probably Lincoln's Sparrow was our bird of the day b/c of the fantastic and lengthy views we had. Beautifully marked and colored--and the head, close up, in sunlight, is crisp and unique, subtly colored. 

Other nice birds: osprey, pileated, bald eagle, raven, winter wren, BROWN CREEPER, black-throated-blue warbler, both kinglets, and at least EIGHT purple finches (2 male, 6 female).

PS--I forgot to mention the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak atop a tree with a Robin and Cedar Waxwing--near the bridge to the swale. It's considered by eBird to be rare/late right now; it wasn't on the eBird checklist, which is why I forgot it earlier. Thanks to Denis Muller for spotting it. Thanks to everyone for spotting birds--a good group effort this morning!
Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
Lincoln's Sparrow at feeder.  Photo by Wikipedia


Friday, October 10, 2014

Patterson Park Friday Bird Walk

Wow - what a morning of migrant birds!  Even as we waited for everybody to gather, birds were zipping around and above us.  There seemed to be a high number of Eastern Phoebes, Northern Flickers, and Blue Jays.  Our first warbler was a male Redstart.  Other warblers seen include Common Yellowthroat, Palm, Ovenbird, Black and White, Black-throated Green, and Magnolia.

Also noted:
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Coopers Hawk
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
American Robin
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Both Ruby and Golden Crowned Kinglets
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
White-throated and Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Other birders were at Patterson Park as well - their bird lists and comments can be seen on

The next schedule bird walk at the park is Saturday, Oct. 25th at 8AM.

At the wetland garden

At times we didn't know which way to look - there were so many birds!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bird Walk at Irvine Nature Center

Blue-headed Vireo / photo by Kye Jenkins
Blue-eyed Darner / photo by Kye Jenkins

Complete ebird list: .