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!

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