Hand Hollow Conservation Area 5/21/20

Date: 5/21/20
Time: 6:45am - 12:00pm
Location: Hand Hollow Conservation Area
Weather: moderate temperature and sunny
Habitat: The area spanned a few different habitat types. At the trail-head was a open field next to a mudflat/marshy area. Beyond this, the environment transitioned into a deciduous forest, which turned into a large stand of young beech trees at the top of a small hill. On the other side was a large pond, surrounded by the same deciduous forest type.

The habitat variation provided opportunities for me to see a wide range of species, however, none were new to me except the great crested flycatcher. There were a couple instances where I heard a song that I didn't recognize, and when I finally located the source, it was a Baltimore oriole. I now feel like I have a sense for how wide a range of songs they can sing, but I've also familiarized myself with the tonal quality that hopefully I won't have this problem again. In general, today was uneventful and just helped me solidify some of my ID skills across the board.
Though not rare by any means, my sighting of Canada geese was special to me. There were two parents, but only one gosling, so they seemed to act very protective of it. In the picture I took, you can see how the parents maintain their pattern of staying ahead and behind their goslings, but they only had one to protect. It made me sad to think of what happened to the others but it was very endearing to see how they cared for their remaining one. There was also a moment where I saw a coyote walking through the woods, just far enough away for me to lose it but close enough to be sure of what it was. I've never seen one in the daylight before so that was a unique experience.

Posted by natalya-h natalya-h, May 22, 2020 00:34

Observations

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Veery Catharus fuscescens

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica

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natalya-h

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May 21, 2020

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

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natalya-h

Date

May 21, 2020

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 21, 2020

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