Trip Leader: Michael Kieron
It was a nice, warm morning starting at 8:07am with a temperature in the mid
60s. First bird observed was an Osprey on nest in the softball field.
Orioles were busy completing their nests and we watched the nests moving as
either finishing touches or eggs were being added. Along the lake shore we
watched more Ospreys successfully diving for fish. Other birds with a fish
breakfast on their mind included many Double-crested Cormorants, at least 4
Great Blue Herons, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. We also observed a
Belted Kingfisher coming back and forth to the same clay bank. On the trails
heading into the woods, there were a number of American Redstarts and a pair
of Warbling Vireos constructing a nest. At one point, the male joined the
female at the partially completed nest. Close to the end, an Eastern
Wood-Pewee was heard calling very loudly along one of the main trails and
was eventually located and seen for several minutes before flying off. A
Cooper's Hawk was briefly seen by the boat ramp at the beginning of the trip
and then seen flying low over the YMCA parking lot as the last of us made it
back from the walk.
- 8 Canada Goose
- 1 Mute Swan
- 7 Mallard
- 36 Double-crested Cormorant
- 4 Great Blue Heron
- 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
- 5 Osprey - At least.
- 1 Cooper's Hawk
- 5 Mourning Dove
- 6 Chimney Swift
- 1 Belted Kingfisher - Probably visiting nesting site along bank.
- 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker - Heard
- 2 Downy Woodpecker - 1 seen, 1 heard.
- 1 Northern Flicker - Flying over lake.
- 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee - Calling loudly, well seen.
- 2 Great Crested Flycatcher - 1 seen, other heard.
- 3 Eastern Kingbird - 1 on island, 2 others seen in flight.
- 2 Warbling Vireo - Includes pair working on nest.
- 1 Blue Jay
- 3 American Crow
- 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
- 2 Tree Swallow
- 3 Black-capped Chickadee
- 1 Tufted Titmouse - Heard.
- 3 White-breasted Nuthatch - Coming in and out of tree cavity.
- 2 House Wren
- 7 American Robin
- 6 Gray Catbird - Probably more. Number I personally counted.
- 1 Ovenbird - Heard.
- 4 Common Yellowthroat - At least 2 seen and 2 heard.
- 5 American Redstart
- 1 Northern Parula
- 4 Yellow Warbler - At least 1 seen by all. Others heard.
- 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
- 1 Black-throated Green Warbler - Heard only. In tree canopy, just couldn't
- 2 Chipping Sparrow - Heard.
- 4 Song Sparrow
- 2 Northern Cardinal
- 8 Red-winged Blackbird - At least. Again, Number I kept track of.
- 20 Common Grackle - At least.
- 1 Brown-headed Cowbird - Female
- 6 Baltimore Oriole - 3 nests found.
- 5 American Goldfinch - Several on walk may have seen more.
- 2 House Sparrow - Nesting underneath an Osprey nest.