Bartow Pell Museum/ City Island Birds - Fall Migration Walk 2

November 15, 2015   

8:30 AM

Here some of us pose after coming off the trail along the lagoon. A few people are missing, still catching up or camera shy and a few had to leave early. We had a beautiful day. Jane took the photo, so she’s missing!

I had some doubts about this walk. November birding can be tough, since the migration is mostly over and many winter species haven’t arrived. We also had a sizable crowd, approximately thirty people. I’m always happy when lots of people show up but it sometimes makes finding birds more difficult. So, I thought we might have a nice walk with few birds. Quite the contrary. We had a great start with some very cooperative Cedar Waxwings. This was a great photo opportunity and a our photographers got some terrific shots. There was also a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the same tree. Things really perked up along the lagoon trail where we had a Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Along the way we saw woodland species and some ducks. The highlight of the walk was a fly out of a Barred Owl. One of our walkers, Matthew Lootens, told us he had seen one nearby a few days ago, so we checked the area. Sandy Prosnitz spotted it flying out again. So we stood around hoping it would return. Minutes later it flew right by us and out again, it was really terrific. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and as usual, our friendly and social group enjoyed the day.

Matt, Matthieu and Ravi pose for a moment after coming off the lagoon trail.

Mike is finding something good, Carlos is checking out Brendan’s cool Swarovski Binoculars and everyone else is looking on.

This is the fake group picture where everyone looks through their binoculars together.

Ok Billy, the photo is fine.

Back on the trail was a juvenile Ring-billed Gull. The only problem is that it was dead. This seemed to slow our progression along the trail. Here a few of us wait.

Not sure what Brendan’s pointing at but it’s probably not a bird, otherwise everyone would be looking through their binoculars.

At the end of the trail there are these barriers to keep horseback riders out. It was odd filing through them.

Back on the lawn after the walk, nobody wanted to leave. The sun was shining and the company was good. Sandy and Richard find some more birds in a nearby tree.

Jane and Mike discuss the finer points of birding or was it what they were planning for lunch.

Species Account


Barred Owl

Red-shouldered Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxwing

American Robin

Blue Jay

Song Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker

House Finch

Tufted Titmouse

Black-capped Chickadee

American Black Duck

Wood Duck (flyover)

Great -blue Heron

Great Egret

Bufflehead

Double-crested Cormorant

Northern Mockingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker


More species were seen by some of the group, these are not mentioned here.

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