Walk for Early Spring Migrants

April 9, 2018

Who would expect 32 degrees on April 8? Yes, it was cold, but the sun eventually warmed us and the birding was good. The photo above shows some of our group as we head out, with more joining us as we proceeded. I’m guessing there were 40 birders in all. Even if there were no birds at all, I know we would still have had a great time. We always seem to have to squeeze in the birding once everyone starts socializing. The walk up the hill gave us a few Palm Warblers, an Eastern Phoebe and a Hermit thrush, thanks to Jeff Ward’s sharp eyes. Up at the pines was, a Pine Warbler, perfect. There was also another Hermit Thrush and a few Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Phoebe or two. Overhead we saw a Black Vulture, unusual for our park. We stopped over to see the Great-horned Owl and then we got closer to the shoreline. There were lots of Bufflehead, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, American Black Duck and a Common Loon. At the beach there were more Horned Grebes and one Long-tailed Duck. The grassy area near the boardwalk gave us Savannah, Song and Field Sparrows. By 11:45 we walked back to the cars, it was warm then and everyone was ready for lunch

Hermit Thrush, photo by Ted Kavanagh

Killdeer, photo by Ted Kavanagh

Did you see it? I think it flew.

Yes, it’s cold!

Species Account

Great Horned Owl

Greater Yellowlegs

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Phoebe

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler




Black Vulture

American Black Duck

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Hermit Thrush

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Herring  Gull

American robin

Long-tailed Duck

Savannah Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbird

American crow

Canada Goose

European Starling

House sparrow

Red-tailed Hawk

Blue jay


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Why did it have to fly? I just found the right exposure!