Saturday, May 02, 2015

Saturday Mornings Are for Birding

This morning's bird walk at Hills Creek State Park yielded several FOYs (First of the Year). The Eastern Towhee I've seen the last couple of days at home, but the Yellow Warbler, Northern Parula, and Brown Creeper were all new. We also got to see a Fox and three kits get flushed from behind one of the bluebird houses near the amphitheater and, later, saw the adult with a rabbit heading back.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

After we broke up, I went over to The Muck hoping to get some pictures from the blind. I stayed only 45 minutes but got to see my first Common Gallinule along with a Green Heron. Neither stayed around long enough for me to put down my binoculars and get the camera into action.

Canada Goose
Red-winged Blackbird
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Common Gallinule

All in all a very good morning.

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