Saturday, April 28, 2012

Birding at Hills Creek State Park,
April 28, 2012

Our walk this morning seemed uneventful yet, when I tallied the total number of species seen, I found we had 32 sighted. There wasn't anything that was highly unusual or surprising but we did see several Common Loons and Double-crested Cormorants out on the lake along with two or three Osprey overhead.

A few of the Canada Geese were out and about with little families of goslings despite the cold and snow of last week. (The park area got about 6 inches of snow Sunday night into Monday.) Unfortunately, the Eastern Bluebirds appear to have had a set back. Not only have the adults disappeared for the time being, but the one box that had eggs--and which had hatched those eggs--contained the dead remains of the clutch.

We saw only one species of warblers--the Yellow-rumped Warblers also know as "Butter Butts," so we're still waiting on the influx of migrants.

Here's the report I posted to eBird:

Hills Creek SP, Tioga, US-PA
Apr 28, 2012 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, calm, cool (30-45 degrees)
32 species

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Mallard X
Common Loon X
Pied-billed Grebe X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Great Blue Heron X
Osprey X
Bald Eagle X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker X
Northern Flicker X
Eastern Phoebe X
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Black-capped Chickadee X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
American Robin X
European Starling X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Eastern Towhee X
Chipping Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco X
Northern Cardinal X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Pine Siskin X
American Goldfinch X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


threecollie said...

Kind of comforted to hear that you aren't seeing a lot of migrants yet. Spent a couple of hours in the pasture today and the only new thing I saw was a brown thrasher.

joated said...

I've seen some Thrashers darting across the road just down the hill, but not while out on our walks--yet. We were all disappointed at 1) the loss of the Bluebird fledglings and 2) the lack of activity in the thick brush alongside the "Bluebird field" where we usually get several species of warblers, sparrows, finches, Catbirds, etc. Today it was quiet.