First Fall Walk 2019

Some of our group as we walked the trail through Turtle Cove. It was fairly quiet until we walked past the bridge and hit a hot spot with lots of birds. Photo on left by Joe Morales.

It was a beautiful day for a walk. I was worried that birds would be scarce as they had been the day before when I scouted out the area. This was a truly social group and it took a while for the conversation to subside. For me, seeing everyone is most of the fun. From Rodman’s Neck to Turtle Cove it was pretty quiet except for a Great Blue Heron and some egrets perched on a dead tree across the pond. Before we reached the wooded area, a Merlin flew directly overhead and gave us a good show. There were also three Marsh Wrens popping up and down in the marsh grass. We walked past the metal bridge and there were many birds flying across the path. From then on, birding really improved. There were several American Redstarts, two Northern Waterthrush, a few Common Yellowthroats, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, two or three Northern Flickers, and a House Wren. We crossed the road and stopped in a spot to find some more flickers, a few Red-winged Blackbirds and a Black-throated Green Warbler. At the Orchard Beach lagoon we saw some more species, relaxed on the benches and finally it was time for lunch.

Species Account

Great Blue Heron,

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Crested Flycatcher (heard in parking lot)

Laughing Gull

Double-crested Cormorant

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Osprey

Yellow Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Merlin

Marsh Wren

Green Heron

American Black Duck 

Mourning Dove

Gray Catbird

Blue Jay

American Redstart

House Wren

European Starling

American Goldfinch

Red-winged Blackbird

Black-throated Green Warbler

Northern Flicker

Canada Goose

Ring-billed Gull

Red-tailed Hawk

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull House Sparrow

Mallard

Feral Pigeon

Barn Swallow

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