Ornithology - April 19, 2020

Date - April 19, 2021

Start time - 1:12 pm
End time - 2:17 pm
Location - Woodside Natural Area
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Start time - 2:17 pm
End time - 2:55 pm
Location - Saint Michael's Natural Area
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The afternoon was warm and sunny, and unsurprisingly it started off slow which only Song Sparrows and a Northern Cardinal. Probably the most exciting sightings of the day were when we stopped to take a break at a bench overlooking the wetland area. Next to the bench area was a number of conifers where there were two Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing. Unfortunately, they weren't singing loud enough or consistently enough for me to get a good recording. As we were listening to the Kinglets, a pair of Black Vultures flew over the wetland area.

After we completed the Woodside loop, we walked into Saint Michael's Natural Area via the trail that meets the road near the Woodside parking area. There we were able to observe via sound several woodpecker species, including my first of the year Yellow-bellied Sapsucker! We also heard a triller next to a wetland area but were unable to determine if it was a Dark-eyed Junco, a Chipping Sparrow, or a Swamp Sparrow.

Non-bird observations included a Baltimore Oriole nest and a bunch of Painted Turtles.

Posted by lizamorse lizamorse, April 19, 2021 20:16

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 01:26 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 01:38 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 01:49 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 01:53 PM EDT

Description

Large soaring black birds with white wing tips.

Photos / Sounds

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What

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 02:03 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 02:05 PM EDT

Description

Female on nest w/ other individual (likely male) nearby.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Painted Turtles Genus Chrysemys

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 02:05 PM EDT

Description

Group of painted turtles near a Canada Goose

Photos / Sounds

What

Goosander Mergus merganser

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 01:34 PM EDT

Description

Don't know why my camera was in black and white mode, but this was a male Common Merganser.

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

Observer

lizamorse

Date

April 19, 2021 02:45 PM EDT

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