Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Bird Walk at Patterson Park - Great Backyard Bird Count

Where was everybody?  Did the 18 degree temperature keep you at home?  It was a crisp morning at the park, almost every dog was sporting a fashionable winter coat.  The birds were hidden too - so every one that I saw was very special.   Enjoy some photos.
No birds here, but this Sweet Gum is an important winter food source for birds.
On my way to Boat Lake.

Merlin!  Same tree we saw him in last time.  Head tucked in for warmth.
Frozen at the lake.

The ice was up to the boardwalk, I could hear it breaking as I passed over.
The male Red-winged Blackbirds were calling frequently - no females were around.  I saw a flock of about 50 pass over earlier, and then another dozen at the lake.

This is where you wish I had a better camera - two Carolina Wrens were flitting about the boardwalk.  I was wishing I had brought some sunflower hearts with me.
A cold and puffed up robin did not move as I walked by.
One of four goldfinch.
A small pocket of open water held Mallards and Canada Geese.  Some Ring-billed Gulls were skating nearby.

The next bird walk at Patterson Park will be Sat., February 27, I hope it will be warmer. 

Bird list in no particular order:

House Sparrow - 2
Mourning Dove - 2
Red-winged Blackbirds - 62
Merlin - 1
Robin - 3
American Goldfinch - 4
Ring-billed Gulls - 60
Mallard - 15
Canada Geese - 7
Downy Woodpecker - 1
American Crow - 2
Carolina Wren - 2

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blackwater NWR

We've had to cancel this trip the last few years because of snow, sleet, or sub-zero temperatures.  But Sunday was a perfect day in Cambridge and the refuge was full of birds.

One of three Kestrels
A few Bald Eagles were perched on the Osprey platform.
Hundreds of Canada Geese, Mallards, and a few Shovelers were tucked in here.
Brown-headed Nuthatches and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet were found here.
Tim Houghton leading the way.
A few Bald Eagles.

Tundra Swans
White Pelicans!
Snow Geese taking off.
Bird Species List:
Snow Goose  300
Canada Goose  X
Tundra Swan  400
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  50
Northern Shoveler  30
Northern Pintail  70
Green-winged Teal  6
Ring-necked Duck  2
Hooded Merganser  3
American White Pelican  40 
Great Blue Heron  10
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  10
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  20
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
gull sp.  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  3
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  2
Horned Lark  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  X
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  8
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Common Grackle  X
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  6
After the field trip, we stopped at the Cambridge Diner for some delicious food and fun conversation.  Thanks everyone for the perfect day - and thank you Blackwater NWR!