Sunday, September 27, 2015

Swan Harbor Farm (Harford County) Bird Walk

Eight of us had a great time birding Swan Harbor this morning. A lot of walking AND A TON OF PALM WARBLERS. Not much in or around the marsh--so dry. The new impoundments were nice with sparrows, including several Savannah and one Lincoln's. And the loop trail in the woods was productive in a couple of spots.  Got a winter wren late in the day. Only two shorebirds. The thing we will remember is all the palm warblers--many of both types--and many others we didn't ID b/c so many. 

Some birds:

--Sharpie (2)
--Cooper's (1)
--both yellowlegs, one each
--winter wren (1)
--Yellow Palm (20+), Western (10+), not ID'd (10)
--Magnolia Warbler  (1)
--Parula (2)
---Redstart (2)
--Ovenbird (2)
--Savannah Sparrow (4)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
--Swamp Sp. (3)

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Soldier's Delight Bird Walk

Nine of us had an enjoyable time walking in the cool weather and very light rain--light, that is, until the last half mile, when we got thoroughly drenched. 

We managed a few nice birds, including 6 warbler species. The migrant influx from two nights ago seems to have been modest overall. 

Some birds:
--Cooper's Hawk (1)
--Hummingbird (2)
--Pileated (1)
--Kingbird (5)
--Tennessee Warbler (1)
--Cape May (1, first fall female)
--Western Palm Warbler (1)
--Prairie Warbler (3)
--Scarlet Tanager (2)

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Bird Walk at Patterson Park

I missed being greeted by the Chimney Swifts this morning - they didn't show up at all.  One lone Purple Martin did zip by.  Enjoy photos from walk - join us Oct. 9th - last year the park was packed with birds!
Black-crowned Night Heron juvenile

Black-crowned Night Heron

Boat Lake
The Muscovy hybrid ducklings have grown up!
Great Blue Heron
Asters in the pollinator garden
The pollinator garden
In the wetland garden.  We weren't sure what it was but it attracted lots of pollinators.  Erin?
Bird list:

Mallard  60
Great Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  12
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1

Ruth Bergstrom