Saturday, May 28, 2016

Assunpink WMA Navigation Beacon 5/28--Yellow-breasted Chat

It could be anywhere!
My annual pursuit of the Yellow-breasted Chat in the navigation beacon field at Assunpink was successful. At 7:25 A.M., on my third try, walking through the high grass along a line of bushes and trees I heard the chattering of a bird that didn't sound like any other I know of, though mockingbird did cross my mind. Chats are aptly named & as the bird chittered and chattered and whistled and sang, I pished until I felt like a fool and to no avail. But then, peering through a small opening in the leaves I saw a yellow spot moving and found the bird, yellow breast, "spectacles" and all. And, after checking myself thoroughly, no ticks!

I then did my usual walk through the fields, up through the Norway Spruce grove and down to Stone Tavern Lake and back, picking up the usual birds I would expect to see, though practically no warblers. Even the Common Yellowthroats were sparse. Birds are probably starting to nest (I saw a Cedar Waxwing carrying a stalk of grass) or the early heat of the morning was already putting them back into the cool shadows.

I managed 29 species for the morning and unless something amazing shows up there, I think my tick-risking days there are over for the summer.
Canada Goose  1     Stone Tavern Lake
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Heard
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     Heard
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Warbling Vireo  1     Heard, parking lot
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1     Heard
American Crow  1     Heard
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Wood Thrush  1     Heard
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  15
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1     Heard
Eastern Towhee  5
Northern Cardinal  2     Heard
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1     Norway Spruce grove
American Goldfinch  1

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Horicon Lake 5/24--Summer Tanager

I get by with a little help from my friends
Yesterday, like just about every day I suppose, had its frustrations and rewards, and one of its rewards came belatedly. I started the day by driving up to Brick to look into a "new" WMA that the local birders have suddenly started to visit. A lot of good birds have been reported there in the last two weeks. The place is kind of a pain for me to get to, with a lot of unfamiliar roads like Burnt Tavern & Sally Ike, but I eventually made it there with only a few wrong turns (road construction in the area has made my GPS out of date), just in time for the persistent drizzle that began half way there to turn to a steady rain. I didn't see rain in the forecast or else I wouldn't have gone. But being there already, I started out, not really sure where to look. I'm of two minds about birding new spots. On the one hand, I like to discover it for myself. On the other, it really helps if someone with experience can point you the way to go.

Whether it was the weather, my lack of knowledge of the place, bad luck, or a combination of all three piled on top of my mediocre birding skills, I didn't see (or certainly hear) nearly the birds everyone else has. I did, however come out of the spot with two good experiences. Firstly, I found, almost immediately, an Indigo Bunting, new for the county. Secondly, while working a wooded trail I heard what I identified as a Hooded Warbler: "weeta-weeta-weet-teeyoo." The bird was loud and continued to sing and I couldn't find it. It sang so much and so long that I began to doubt my identification, until finally, while scanning through the leaves I came up with the bird exposed in a "window" singing heartily and with all the field marks of the bird I thought it was. A victory for ear birding.

There was a large field that I walked around, finding few interesting birds. About 2/3 of the way around the rain, which had stopped for a while, returned much more forcefully and I covered my binoculars and got back to the car as fast as I could. I was soaked when I unlocked the door.

Of course, as I was driving home the rain stopped and there was even a hint of sun, so I thought I'd continue birding and getting my walking in, by doing a couple of miles on the Lakehurst RR tracks. Think again. They're doing some kind of construction there/rehabilitation there and the tracks were busy with workmen and yellow vehicles with big tires.

Horicon Lake was my next option, not usually a very birdy place this time of year, but at least I could walk for a while. Guess again. I had just reached the end of the paved road, was about to walk in the woods, when the rain returned. I retreated to the car. Just before I reached it, I heard a bird singing a song I couldn't identify (nothing unusual there), looked up and found the bird (that is unusual) and through the rain drops and general gloom found that it was a tanager. A Scarlet Tanager, I presumed. I took some photographs (only I can get a bird back lit in an overcast) and finally, sick of being wet, drove home.

When  I looked at the photographs I took, the tanager didn't look right to me. I couldn't see any black on the wings (but that could just be a function of light and lousy photography) and the bill looked all wrong. The song, as I remembered it, didn't match the songs I found on the internet (if the AP can decapitalize the word, so can I).

Happily, I have the good fortune to be friends with Pete Bacinski. I sent him the photo and today he confirmed my suspicion--it was indeed a Summer Tanager, an all red tanager with a heavy bill and one that it much more sought after in NJ and especially in the county as it is fairly rare here. It was not only a year bird for me, but somewhat more importantly, a life county bird. It was especially happy news to read after returning from yet another Yellow-breasted Chat-less expedition to Assunpink.

Ironically, Horicon Lake held more birds for me than did the big WMA in Brick, which I will have to explore more, now that I have something of a feel for the place.

My Horicon Lake list:
28 species
Canada Goose  10     
Turkey Vulture  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Heard
Eastern Phoebe  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Wood Thrush  1     Heard
Gray Catbird  18
Cedar Waxwing  3
Ovenbird  2     Heard
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Prairie Warbler  1     Heard
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Summer Tanager  1     In dead tree near parking lot
Northern Cardinal  1     Heard
Red-winged Blackbird  1     Marsh
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  3

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Baldpate Mountain 5/22--Swainson's Thrush

Baldpate Mountain Blue Trail
"The road not taken"
Baldpate Mountain in Mercer County is about an hour from, a little north of Trenton, but I had never been there before this morning. Looking at trail maps of the park was daunting; I didn't know where to go to look for birds and I had heard that some of the trails were rough. I needed a Virgil and Bob Auster was the man to call. Bob has birded the area enough to know his way around, so I asked him if he would show me the place and we met there early this morning. 

Baldpate Mountain (an elevation 1,165 feet qualifies as a mountain in central Jersey) has been designated an Important Bird Area and its list of warblers is impressive, including Kentucky Warbler, which would be a lifer for me. We tried looking and listening for the bird three times in a spot Bob knows, but though the bird was reported 2 days ago, we didn't hear (much less see) it. I theorized that they may be nesting now and if so, aren't about to call out their position. 

We then started up the Blue Trail which Bob told me was very rocky. It was, and the recent rain made it a little slippery, but I didn't think it was that bad, certainly no worse than trails I've hiked out west, until we got about 3/4 of a mile up the trail where we hit the rock fall pictured above. Had I been by myself, I would have thought the trail ended, but no, Bob assured me, that was the trail. I didn't really believe him until two hikers came up behind us and like billy goats rock hopped their way up and around the bend. 

We made our way back down, picking up some birds, mostly by ear, though we did see a great looking Baltimore Oriole and I did see my first of a few Swainson's Thrushes, a year bird for me. It was a tad discouraging for me, as Bob heard about 15 Blackpoll Warblers that eluded me, along with a few Black-throated Blues and some Blue-winged Warblers (I eventually did hear a couple of the last species--they must have been sitting on my hat). It was like walking in an alternate reality with Bob calling out warblers and me hearing Wood Thrushes and catbirds. The fact that we couldn't see any of these great warblers only added to my sensory disarrangement. However, we did hear (though see, no, of course not) a number of Worm-eating Warblers, which are apparently still within the range of these ears that spent 30+ years around printing presses. Ear-birding does have one very big advantage there, as you have to keep your eyes on the trail and not up in the trees unless you want to crack your skull. 

Back at the parking lot we walked a long road up to the summit and then took a muddy trail down the mountain. Unfortunately, the only real loop there that isn't an all day hike requires you to walk on the boulder-strewn blue trail, so we retraced our steps to get back to the parking lot. 
Baldpate Summit
I liked Baldpate, but I don't think it is a practical spot for me to bird very often since to get there early for the warblers I have to get up well before dawn. However, if anyone can give me a shot at the Kentucky Warbler, let me know and I'll set my alarm.

My list for the mountain. Bob's is longer, due to his hearing. Ironically, until last year, when I "brought him over to the dark side" as he likes to say, he wouldn't even count a bird unless he saw it. 
44 species
Turkey Vulture  2
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Heard, summit
Chimney Swift  4     summit
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1     Fiddler's Creek parking area
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Heard, Fiddler's Creek parking lot
White-eyed Vireo  2     Heard
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1     Fiddler's Creek parking lot
Fish Crow  1     heard
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2     Heard
White-breasted Nuthatch  2     Heard
House Wren  1     Heard
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Veery  2     Heard
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  30
American Robin  50
Gray Catbird  100
Cedar Waxwing  8     f/o
Ovenbird  75
Worm-eating Warbler  5     Heard, road to summit
Blue-winged Warbler  2     Heard
Black-and-white Warbler  1     Heard
Common Yellowthroat  50
Hooded Warbler  3
American Redstart  4
Yellow Warbler  1     Heard
Prairie Warbler  3     Heard
Chipping Sparrow  2     Heard, summit
Field Sparrow  1     Heard, summit
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  10
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1     Summit, singing
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1     Heard, summit

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jackson 5/21--Gray-cheeked Thrush

This morning was Mike's last session of the Birds of Jackson, where we travel, over the course of the late winter and early spring, to more or less the same spots in Jackson Township (100 square miles) and survey the changing bird life. It's been a cold spring and today was no exception; the weather was cool and cloudy and just as we were ending the trip, coming out of Colliers Mills onto Rt 571, it started to rain.

Between 8 and 12:45 we accumulated around 60 species in the 9 spots (including the County Line Road Wawa) that we surveyed. Our one rarity (though they aren't so rare anymore in the county) was a Common Raven we saw as we were standing the in the Wawa Parking lot. The one new bird for the year, for me, was the Gray-cheeked Thrush we found in the woods along the Toms River at FREC. I've been looking for a Swainson's Warbler all month; Gray-cheeked is harder to find, so naturally that's the bird we come up with. The killer bird we saw today was the Hooded Warbler in those same woods. That was my second Hooded Warbler in 2 days and that's never happened to me before.

Our route today in Jackson: Jackson Memorial HS, FREC, Butterfly Bogs, Lake Enno (closed, so we just stood outside the gate for a few minutes) Wawa on County Line Road, Jackson Mills Pond (pretty much empty) Progress Road, Prospertown Lake, and Colliers Mills.

I listed:
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cattus Island SP & Great Bay Blvd WMA 5/20--Black Skimmer, Canada Warbler

Black Skimmer between two Laughing Gulls. Black-bellied Plover in background at Great Bay Blvd.
Indefatigable pishing brought me my first year bird today. Sheer stubbornness brought me my second.

Cattus Island was in the middle of two errands I had to run this morning. I was there early enough for it to be relatively free of dog-walkers and runners, so I walked through the woods, pishing my heart out. I was pishing so long and so hard that I was getting light-headed and I was getting rewarded with only Common Yellowthroats, which were seemingly in every bush and behind every phragmite stalk. I was muttering "Yay" ("yet another yellowthroat) when I saw a bird pop up on a branch and said to myself, "That's different." And it was. After watching it infuriatingly flit from branch to branch and hide behind every just-emerging leaf, I finally was able to get good enough looks to know that it wasn't a yellowthroat, and it wasn't my first impression of Magnolia Warbler, but was indeed my FOY Canada Warbler, a migrant I don't get very often.

All the other birds at the park were expected, but a few, like Acadian Flycatcher, Saltmarsh Sparrow and Marsh Wren are always welcome.
35 species
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  5
Willet  2
Herring Gull  10
Mourning Dove  5
Black-billed Cuckoo  1     Heard, blue trail
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     Heard, blue trail
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3     heard
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
House Wren  4
Marsh Wren  1     Heard
Carolina Wren  1     Heard, parking lot
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  6
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  25
Yellow Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  1     Heard, parking lot
Canada Warbler  1
Saltmarsh Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  10

After lunch I decided to go back to Great Bay Blvd. I wanted Black Skimmer and that's the best place nearby (nearby being 30 miles away) to find them. I think today was the 4th, maybe the 5th trip I've made down there looking for them. Everyone else has seen them it seems. It was low tide around 2 o'clock, perfect conditions to expose the sand bar at the first bridge where they hang out with terns and sandpipers. At first, when I got there, I didn't see any skimmers, but 3 three black & white birds with their beaks tucked in didn't look like anything else I could think of. The picture above is pretty good representation of my view.  I scoped them and waited and eventually one of them lifted its head and I had my second year bird for the day. 

Short-billed Dowitcher
Great Bay Blvd at low tide is terrific for watching shorebirds--you can get really close to them without them taking much notice. 
Birds I wasn't expecting, though turned up. First, at the fenced in trailer north of the second wooden bridge, with annoying, solar-powered beeping machine (monitoring what and beeping why an ongoing mystery) I saw a bird with a black and white back jump out of the grass and onto the hurricane fence. My first reaction was towheee, but I've never seen a towhee down there, though it is a good spot for sparrows. Upon closer examination, I realized the bird was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I've certainly never seen one of those down there!

Magnolia Warbler (note the diagnostic two-toned undertail)
After walking around the beach at the inlet, where a small group of Red Knots were mixed in with the Dunlins, I walked the road up to the south end of the wooden bridge. There are a few trees there and I saw some yellow birds zipping through the leaves. I looked (always look) and saw that they weren't the expected Yellow Warblers or yellowthroats. The first one I saw had striped flanks and gray head and back and I thought I was seeing my second Canada Warbler of the day. Watching it longer and taking many photographs of leaves and twigs I soon realized I had a Magnolia Warbler. Two, actually. That's a new warbler for the road to me, as was the female Hooded Warbler which was also in the same tree. I'm doing much better with warblers this year than I usually do. Improving my skills or just lucky?

I ran into some guys who were just getting off work from the Rutgers Facility, one of whom I know. They asked if I'd seen anything good and when I told them about the warblers they were polite, but I could tell they thought the old guy didn't know what he was talking about, since Hooded Warbler, especially, wouldn't normally be found in that habitat. But in migration, any bird can be anywhere.

I was pretty much birded out by that time so I drove fairly quickly north up the road and didn't add any countable birds to the list as I sometimes do. I did, however, see these two domestic-type ducks in a puddle by the side of the road. One is obviously a male. The other I can't sex, but that's what I call a BLACK duck.

Not counting those two oddballs, I had 41 species along the 5 mile road.
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  15
Snowy Egret  10
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Clapper Rail  2     Heard
Black-bellied Plover  30
Semipalmated Plover  20
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  15
Whimbrel  3
Ruddy Turnstone  20
Red Knot  7
Dunlin  150
Least Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Short-billed Dowitcher  30
Laughing Gull  25
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  1
Gull-billed Tern  1
Forster's Tern  10
Black Skimmer  3
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  15
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Hooded Warbler  1     
Magnolia Warbler  2     
Yellow Warbler  2
Seaside Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Boat-tailed Grackle  30

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cranberry Bogs 5/19--Blue-winged Warbler

I took an early walk at the cranberry bogs in S. Toms River this morning. For but a moment I saw a Blue-winged Warbler back by the power line cut, but I did hear it buzzing a number of times. I know they're being seen in Double Trouble park, which is nearby, so I figured why not look in a place that isn't overrun with dog walkers and joggers?

I had an interesting morning walking around those bogs. I had wondered in the winter if the dilapidated martin houses in the middle of the reservoirs would still be used and they are--by Tree Swallows.

The mud flats should attract shorebirds on their way back south. Today there were a couple of Killdeers, Spotted Sandpipers, and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, which, according to Pete should be long gone from these parts, yet they linger.

Orchard Oriole, juvenile male
I walked back past the power line cut along the huge reservoir. The water was placid, not a ripple; for once the wind was calm and bird song was easy to hear. Just about at the turnaround point for me, where the trail widens to something of a beach, I heard a loud oriole song. I couldn't find the bird at first but eventually located it atop a pine tree on the other side of the water. I looked at it for what seem an inordinate amount of time before I decided that it was really just a juvenile Orchard Oriole, and not something rare and exotic, which was good, because where I was would be difficult to describe to other birders, much less get to.

Little Blue Heron, juvenile
Walking back I detoured to take a look at the first bog which is usually not very interesting in the warm months (in winter: Tundra Swans). I'm glad I did because stepping through the mud was an immature Little Blue Heron, white with blue blotches, molting into adult plumage.

Then it was home to spend the rest of the day with Shari on our 9th anniversary.
The cranberry bogs list:
42 species
Canada Goose  1
Mallard  4
Little Blue Heron  1     
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  1     Heard
Mourning Dove  1     Heard
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     Heard
Eastern Phoebe  1     Heard
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1     Heard
American Crow  1     Heard
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3     sand pit
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  5
Ovenbird  3     Heard
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  2     Heard
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  5     Heard
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  40
Brown-headed Cowbird  1     Path into bogs
Orchard Oriole  1     Singing
American Goldfinch  4

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UTT-North 5/17--Indigo Bunting

I tore myself away from Ocean County to look for a couple of new year birds this morning. Missed one, found the other.

I started the morning walking through the grasslands of Assunpink by the navigation beacon, hoping to find a Yellow-breasted Chat on my first foray. Last year, it took me at least 3 tries before I found a couple and it looks like it will take multiple trips this year to add the bird to the list. Alternatively, I could jump in Mike's car and go someplace with him where we don't expect the bird, only to have him find one in the parking lot before the gear shift is in "P." That's what happened last year after I trudged through those tick- infested fields for what seemed like a month until I found my bird.

Walking the fields for a couple of miles I did turn up quite a few Blue Grosbeaks, saw one Grasshopper Sparrow, and heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, so the trip wasn't completely fruitless. My next target I hoped to find in a semi-new spot.

I've been birding the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold for years, walking a 2 1/2 to 3 mile stretch of it from its start/finish on Millstream Road up to around Burlington Path. Recently the trail was extended all the way up to Herbert Road (it isn't important for you to have a map), with a new parking lot at Sharon Station Road. This is only about 10 minutes away from Assunpink, so I drove over there to see what kind of habitat it passes through.

It is a little different than the southern section, with more open fields and a couple of big yards with heavy construction equipment huffing and puffing around, but it does go through a rather large wetlands area and over a few small creeks. It wasn't until I had walked about a mile and half south that I found Indigo Buntings, the birds I wanted. They were singing in a line of trees and diving into a ditch next to the trail. It took me a while to convince myself that these were buntings because the light was so bad and they do superficially look like grosbeak, but eventually my birding brain kicked into gear and checked them off the mental list and later, the eBird list.

In the last week or so at Colliers Mills I have heard a snippet of their song or saw a fleeting glimpse of a bird shape that someone called out as Indigo, but it is such a pretty bird that I wanted my FOY to be a clean look.

My lists:
33 species
Mute Swan  1     Stone Tavern Lake
Double-crested Cormorant  1     f/o
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Heard, Norway Spruce grove
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     Heard
Northern Flicker  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1     Heard
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2     Heard, Norway Spruce grove
Warbling Vireo  1     Heard, parking lot
Blue Jay  1     Heard
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Wood Thrush  2     Heard Norway Spruce grove
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  15
Brown Thrasher  1
Common Yellowthroat  15
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  5
Grasshopper Sparrow  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  1     Heard
Northern Cardinal  1     Heard
Blue Grosbeak  6
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1     parking lot
American Goldfinch  5

At the Union Transportation Trail I added:
Canada Goose  12     Fields
Great Blue Heron  1
Killdeer  1
Fish Crow  2
European Starling  1
Song Sparrow  15
Indigo Bunting  6
Common Grackle  1     Rt 524
House Sparrow  3