Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday Bird Walk at Patterson Park

(Jan. 9, 2015)  It was a chilly morning - that's for sure.  But the park was beautiful with a bit of snow on the ground.  A total of 14 species were spotted - enjoy the photos!

Canada Goose  18
Mallard  14
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  36
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Dark-eyed Junco  6

Some juncos on the boardwalk
Squirrel nests are actually quite well constructed - although they don't look like it from below.  I examined one that fell and found it to be almost watertight, with a soft lining.
There were a few spots of open water for the waterfowl and gulls.

A Red-tailed Hawk keeping a eye on things.
Heading back by the Pagoda.  Luckily I was able to get in my car before they towed it away.  Almost victim to a temporary and hidden parking sign.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year's Day Hike 2015 at Soldier's Delight

We had a pleasant walk at Soldiers Delight.  Very nice
temperatures - I was never cold or hot - and sunny skies.  Not much in the
way of birds:  TV, crows, Car chickadees, and a nice look at a male
redbellied woodpecker.  No hawks.  Any sparrows were skulking - it was a
bit windy.  Talked about the history of SD, showed the 3
trees species of the grasslands, and smelled pennyroyal.

There were about 10 people and one dog.   Two miles walking, two hours
hiking time.


Photos by Renee DKC

North Point State Park - Beginner Bird Walk

From Dec. 21, 2014

No pictures yet, but here is the bird list.  Thanks to all who explored the trails and jetty.  We were all impressed with the newly renovated area down by the shore. 

Canada Goose  300
Mallard  15
Bufflehead  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  12
European Starling  18
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  15
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  12