Monthly Bird Survey at Hornsby Bend

I led a group of 7 people on the monthly bird survey at Hornsby Bend this morning. I was surveying my usual area starting at the birding shelter and ending at the "old crossing" on the river up on the Platt property. We had a great morning!

Conditions were cool and overcast through most of the morning, including a little bit of rain. It was very birdy, and we encountered at least 4 mixed-species foraging flocks in the riparian woods. Interesting species in these flocks included Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Nashville Warbler. On the Platt property we got great looks at a Grasshopper Sparrow. And the brilliant male Vermilion Flycatcher was still present between the greenhouse and Pond 2. Our most exciting observation of the morning was of 3 bobcats on the Pond 3 trail.

Here's our bird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15620176

And see the attached observations for a few photos of the Grasshopper Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatcher, and bobcat.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, November 09, 2013 21:02

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 9, 2013 10:27 AM CST

Description

This was among lots of raccoon tracks right by the river. I thought this one might be something different. Does this track show evidence of fur on the animal's foot?

Photos / Sounds

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What

Bobcat Lynx rufus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 9, 2013 09:08 AM CST

Description

We were very lucky to see three Bobcats cross the trail near Pond 3 this morning. I think two of them (including this one) must have been young -- they actually crossed the trail twice in front of us. And one even stayed on the side of the trail and watched us for a few moments. The overcast conditions made photography difficult, but I was happy to at least get this fuzzy shot. Taken during the monthly bird survey at Hornsby Bend.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 9, 2013 10:02 AM CST

Description

Taken during the monthly bird survey at Hornsby Bend.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

November 9, 2013 11:23 AM CST

Description

Taken during the monthly bird survey at Hornsby Bend.

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