Powell and Ooms Conservation Areas 5/19/20

Date: 5/19/20
Time: 6:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Wilson Powell Wildlife Sanctuary (6:30-8:00) and Ooms Conservation Area (8:15-12:15)
Weather: started off about 50F, warmed up to about 65F by midday. Clear skies and sunny.
Habitat: Powell Sanctuary was about 90% woodland, with a field and shrubby areas around a medium-sized pond. Most of my observations took place in the grassy/shrubby and pond-side area. Ooms Conservation Area had about 180 acres of rolling hills surrounding a large pond. Along the pond and cutting up the fields were hedge rows, with some patches of young forest.

When I arrived at the Powell Sanctuary, I was greeted by a dawn chorus of warbler, orioles, goldfinches, catbirds, and other songbirds. This died down after about an hour, and at 8:00am a landscaping crew began working and scared away any remaining birds. I ventured into the woods a little bit, which is where I spotted the eastern wood-pewee and wood thrush, but nothing else of significance. Then I went to Ooms to give myself another chance of seeing grassland birds. The landscape of Ooms was a large pond in the valley of pastoral grassland hills. In the expanse of fields on these hills a few dozen bobolinks created a spectacular aerial display, as the males chased females and caught insects. For the entirety of my time there as well, a bald eagle soared overhead, coming in and out of view as it surveyed the miles of land beneath it. Besides these, there were also eastern kingbirds, tree swallows, yellow warblers, and song sparrows. The open areas and good lighting allowed me to take some very nice pictures of the birds I encountered.

Though not bird-related, I also saw a muskrat, lots of painted turtles, and signs of a beaver all around the pond (including its lodge which was right next to the path along the shore). Today was the second day in a row I've encountered a beaver lodge.

Posted by natalya-h natalya-h, May 19, 2020 22:13

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Veery Catharus fuscescens

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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natalya-h

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May 19, 2020

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