Fall Birdwalk Results

October 30, 2010

     Saturday’s weather was perfect, sunny and cool. Patty, Oliver, Pete and Dave made up our little group. Saturdays are tough for most people to get up early after a week of work but Sunday just wasn’t going to work for me, so here we were. It took us about 30 minutes to get out of the parking area at Rodman’s Neck. There were flocks of Chickadees and Juncos, Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows, a lone Phoebe and a Boat-tailed Grackle all in the parking lot area. It’s always fun to see old friends, so not all of our time was spent looking at birds.

     Dave thought we might check the pine grove near the circle for an early Long-eared Owl but no such luck. We did find two or three Hermit Thrushes, our first of the season Buffleheads and a small raft of Black Ducks and a Mallard or two.

   We walked over to Turtle Cove to look at the construction and were amazed and confused by the width of the once narrow path. We found the resident Killdeer and watched as an Osprey flew overhead. There were quite a few Great Egrets, a Double -crested Cormorant or two and three Great Blue Heron. We then cut through the woods and found our way to the Meadow.

   Over at the Meadow there was a nice variety of migrating song birds including both Palm and Yellow-rump Warblers and both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Hawks included both a Coopers and a Red-tailed Hawk and one we’ve yet to positively ID at this posting.

   

This hawk has been a puzzle. I took the photo over the Meadow. I was unable to identify it and asked for help. Dave Burg and Deborah Allen, two expert birders, have narrowed it down to either a juvenile Red-shouldered or Broad-winged Hawk. Dave was on our walk. The photo will be looked at by other experts too. Hawk ID can be very difficult.

Species Account

Eastern Phoebe

Boat-tailed Grackle

Black-capped Chickadee (flock)

Dark-eyed Junco (flock)

Hermit Thrush (5)

Black Duck (several)

Bufflehead (two female)

White-throated Sparrow (several)

Song Sparrow (several)

Osprey

Mallard (few)

Great-blue Heron (3)

Double-crested Cormorant (3)

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-rump Warbler

Palm Warbler

American Robin (few)

Red-tailed Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Swamp Sparrow (few)

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird

American Goldfinch (flock)

Hawk, sp.- ID forthcoming


Turtle Cove is under “renovation.” The once narrow winding and bushy path has been widened considerably. It looks like a two lane highway width. I’m hoping the change will be beneficial to the wildlife in the area.