It was a great morning at Standing Indian with Cathy and John Sill leading 12 of us on a birding hunt for migrants. A big thanks to the two of them!
Our group consisted of Jean H, Rita, Suzanne, Ginger, Mike, Tom, Dee, Marsha,Ned, Dick, Jim, and yours truly here.
We did a lot of birding by ear, but also had good looks at many of the 38 birds that we identified today. These were-
Broad-winged Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Am Robin, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager, N Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, E Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Am Goldfinch, and a total of 13 (count ‘um!) warblers- N Parula, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Palm, Black and White, Am Redstart, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We watched for many minutes while at least one Blue-winged and one Golden-wing Warbler actively flew through a willow thicket determining who would claim the area for nesting. The winner was yet to be determined when we had to move on.
Our group consisted of Kevin, George, Jean, Chris, Grent, Ginger, Mike, Sally, Helen, Debbie, Karen, Melinda, Don F, Jim, and Ellen.
Including the three or four that we saw in the parking lot at K-Mart, we identified by sight and/or sound a total of 53 species this morning, and had good looks at quite a few.
Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Mourning, Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, N Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher, E Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, Am Crow, N Rough-winged Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Am Robin, Wood Thrush, Veery, Gray Catbird, N Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Eu Starling, Cedar Waxwing, N Parula, either a Blue-winged or Golden-winged Warbler (singing the Blue-wing song but without a sighting Don said it could be either, as they have both been known to sing the Blue-wing song), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Black and White, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, N Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, E Towhee, Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Am Goldfinch, and House Sparrow!
In addition, we saw some lovely flowers. Karen’s pictures of the Gay Wings and Indian Paintbrush will be added in another posting.
Thanks,everyone for joining us today, and a special thanks to Don Hendershot for his great birding skills and for being so flexible on the scheduling. Today was a picture perfect day!
April 28–38species/14 birders