Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, In the Park

What with all the Earth Day activities going on, the beginning of garage sale season and everyone being out of town (Pittsburgh, southern Maryland, Costa Rico!) and the very cold early temperatures (around 25 degrees before the sun got above the yardarm), turnout for the weekly Saturday bird walk at Hills Creek State Park was pretty light--as in just five of us with one having to leave early to go to work.

No matter. Those of us who were there had a good time and spotted some great birds! There were the Ruddy Duck and and Horned Grebe as well as several Common Loons on the lake, the several (!) pairs of Ospreys, a Barred Owl in the woods, and what we believe to be a Lincoln's Sparrow on the edge of one of the fields. The last is a real rarity in the area and will probably lead to some questions from eBird. But we got a pretty good look at it, got to hear it sing a couple of times and, between my Merlin App and Sibley's guidebook, I'm fairly confident with the ID.

Sent: 4/21/2018 12:41:54 PM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: eBird Report - Hills Creek SP, Apr 21, 2018

Hills Creek SP, Tioga, Pennsylvania, US
Apr 21, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Beautiful morning, but started a bit chilly at around 25 degrees. [It was in the upper 40's when we finished.]  Walked the usual route for a Park bird walk.
46 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl: In the woods along the Mid-State Trail between the campground and the lake.
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow: One bird. Viewed out in the open. Distinctive song, yellowish mutton-chop whisker markings, thinnish bill. No yellow above the eye visible as in a Savannah Sparrow.
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

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