Sunday, May 28, 2017

Birding Three Locations on Saturday

I birded Black Lake Park, Harbor Island and Hofma Preserve yesterday with Roger Newell on this gorgeous morning counting 30, 34, and 36 bird species respectively.

Black Lake birds included Indigo Bunting, American Redstart, Black-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested Flycatcher, Sandhill Crane, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Eastern Towhee.

Great-crested Flycatcher by Roger Newell

Harbor Island provided Great Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Green Heron and Cliff Swallow.

Yellow Warbler by Roger Newell

Northern Flicker by Roger Newell

Hofma Preserve had no Sedge Wrens (perhaps because the water level is so high).  We did get Marsh Wrens, a Scarlet Tanager pair, Veery, Brown Thrasher, Wood Duck (mom and ducklings), Willow, Alder and Great Crested Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher, Least Bittern (it made two flights over the marsh!), Sora, Black-billed Cuckoo, Sandhill Crane, Red-shouldered Hawk (screaming all morning; later chased across the marsh by Red-winged Blackbirds) and American Black Duck, a male flying and quacking with two females, presumably also black ducks but maybe just two friendly Mallards?

 Baltimore Oriole by Roger Newell

Downy Woodpecker by Roger Newell

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