Fall Migration Walk 2013

October 13, 2013

8:30 AM

Turtle Cove Trail

This was definitely one the most fun walks we’ve had. Standing and watching a beautiful Red Headed Woodpecker for 20 minutes or more, or until we got bored, was really terrific. We also had great looks at a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker


We started out walking from the parking lot at Rodman’s Neck toward Turtle Cove. After searching the trees at the City Island Traffic Circle, where we turned up empty, we spotted a Brown Creeper moving up a tree near the path. Things picked up as we progressed over the bridge and trail. There were both  and Great Egrets, Song and Swamp Sparrows, a flyover Double-crested Cormorant, many Flickers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers. We spotted two Eastern Towhees (Irene), a cooperative Carolina Wren and then very close Common Ravens nearby. We saw them again, later on in the walk. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were also common, as were Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers and a possible Hairy Woodpecker. The adult Red-headed Woodpecker was first spotted by Jeff at the end of the wood chip trail. That’s when we all become excited.

We had a couple of Eastern Phoebes, a diving Peregrine Falcon, one Pine Warbler and two Blue-headed Vireos.

We had a brief glance at a Winter Wren and a Hermit Thrush. There were two Brown Thrashers, (Angel) and a flyover of 6 Red-throated Loons. Thank Brendan for his quick ID. There were also numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and as we left, Brown-headed Cowbirds were nearby in the grass.


Interesting to note was the possibility of two adult and two juvenile Red-Headed Woodpeckers. Some of our walkers thought there were two adults chasing each other. Also, as our group spread out on the trail, some folks were further back and spotted the juvenile at the same time we did, except they saw it in another location. This is tough to determine, as these birds move so quickly through the trees.

This was the bird everyone was happy to see!

Here’s most of our group searching and then finding the Red Headed back on the wood chip trail.

Angel and Joe looking really serious. Finding birds back here is not always easy. I should have reminded them this is fun!

Saul, Irene and Pete pose for the shot. This was an overcast morning and the light in the woods was not optimal for photography.

Jerry, Eleanor, Brendan and Jeff, feeling satisfied that we had seen our target bird for the walk. Brendan puts up the sign.

Irene, Jerry, Eleanor find the bird, while Mike gets the shot.

More action on the trail. L to R: Paul, Eleanor Jeff, Jerry, Brendan, Joe and Celia

Species Account

2 Red Headed Woodpeckers (at least 1 juvenile and one adult)

1 Brown Creeper

22 Song Sparrow

4 Snowy Egrets

3 Great Egrets

4 Common Raven

13 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

1 Black Duck (flyover)

8 Northern Flicker

6 Gray Catbird

36 American Robins

13 Yellow-rumped warblers

1 Northern Mockingbird

8 Downy Woodpecker

1 Carolina Wren

10 Swamp Sparrows

16 White-throated Sparrows

14 Red-bellied Woodpeckers

6 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

2  Eastern Phoebe

1 Peregrine Falcon

1 Pine Warbler

2 Blue-headed Vireo

1 Winter Wren

1 Hermit Thrush

2 Brown Thrasher

6 Red-throated Loons (flyover)

1 Brown-headed Cowbird

2 Double-crested Cormorant

4 Common Ravens

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