Clapper Rail Walk Results

Sunday, May 27, 2011

8:30AM

This Clapper Rail did not want to be seen. First Pete saw a glimpse of him running into the phragmites across a narrow channel. Just as we were about to leave, Jane spotted him running across again. When he knew we were aware, he bolted as fast as he could.The good news is that we all got to see him.

I awoke at 6:30. It looked like rain. By 7:30 it was raining pretty hard. I had a feeling this would be a passing shower, so i didn’t call off the walk. However, I didn’t think anyone would show, so I’d do the walk myself. Soon Pete, Celia and Jane were in the circle and we were watching Cedar Waxwings, Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireos, multiple Robins, Yellow Warblers and more. On the way over to Turtle Cove we had more species and then at Turtle Cove we easily spotted the Killdeer, Marsh Wren, Least Sandpiper, Eastern Kingbird, many Egrets and a Great Blue, along with the Clapper Rail. The mosquitoes were scarce and it was beautiful, sunny with a light breeze. As we walked back to our cars, we ran into Brendan and Mike and I walked back to see if we could find more species. Brendan spotted a Green Heron and more, a Spotted Sandpiper flew in, then Osprey, Red-tails and a Turkey Vulture.

We walked no more than a 1/2 mile round trip and did well, with great views of fun birds.

Here’s Celia, Jane and Pete as we walked down to Turtle Cove. Note the sunshine and happy faces.

Species Account:

Clapper Rail

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole (several)

Cedar Waxwing

American Goldfinch

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Warbling Vireo (several)

Yellow Warbler

Snowy Egret (several)

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret (several)

Black-crowned Night Heron  (2 adult and 2 juvenile)

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Double-crested Cormorant

Marsh Wren (several)

Killdeer

Least Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Eastern Kingbird

Song Sparrow

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Red-tailed Hawk

Osprey

Tufted Titmouse

Mallard

Mourning Dove

Common Grackle

Eastern Mockingbird

Eastern Flicker

Turkey Vulture

Herring Gull

House Sparrow

European Starling

Red-winged Blackbird

American Robin

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