Thursday, April 28, 2016

Colliers Mills WMA 4/28--Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested Flycatcher

A frustrating morning at Colliers Mills: none of the warblers I hoped to see were evident and the two new birds of the year were "heard only." In general, unless it's an owl or a nightjar, or a blatantly obvious bird like a Blue Jay or crow, I don't like my FOYs to be "heard birds." I started out a birdwatcher and even though now I'm a birder, I still prefer my birds on the retina instead of the ear drum.

Both birds were heard on Hawkin Road and both birds, following a personal rule of mine, were heard at least twice. The trees are just starting to leaf out and that means even birds that seem on top of you (like a very loud Brown Thrasher today) are getting harder to find.

Traipsing around for 3 1/2 hours, exploring a couple of paths I rarely walk, yielded 42 species. They were:
Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  3     Pond on Hawkin Rd
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  1     North end of CM Lake
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Heard, Hawkin Road
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1     Heard, north end of CM Lake
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Heard, Hawkin Road
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  2     Heard
Blue Jay  4
Fish Crow  1     Heard
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3     Heard
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  2     Heard
European Starling  15
Ovenbird  5     Heard
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  5     Heard
Palm Warbler  4
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Prairie Warbler  5     Heard
Chipping Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  20
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  1     Heard

1 comment:

  1. Glad you had a thrasher, not very common at home. Written while waiting for a flight to go keep my eyes open for magpies and flamingos.