Daily Archives: August 14, 2010

Fernald Preserve & Shaker Trace Wetland 8/14/2010

Rising at 5:00am this morning I ready myself to go birding, while Kathy prepares herself for work. After a quick bowl of cereal and a cup of Joe, it’s out the door by 6:10. No need for a shower yet. I have a feelin’ I’m going to need one by the end of this day. The forecast for today is more hot weather. I have a 45 minute drive and want to get there before the sun comes up.

I really didn’t know where I was going birding today. 24 hours ago it was still a coin toss. But I’m growing fonder of this place the more I go there. And besides, I wanted to hike this trail the entire length.

The trail I wanted to hike and bird on was also the longest, the Hickory Trail. 3 miles of mixed forest and grassland, with really good birding opportunities. The hike is easy, with the trail itself being well marked. It starts out right behind the visitor’s center as a gravel trail, which I’m sure is used by maintenance vehicles. Before it enters the woods the trail turns into a dirt trail. It stays like this till it exits the woods and becomes a mowed path through high grass and trees. And lots of birds.

After I left Fernald Preserve, I traveled a short distance to Shaker Trace Wetland, which is a part of Miami Whitewater Forest. There is a observation platform which is covered with seats that I wanted to check out. No too many birds there though. Water levels are real low. I hope the level comes up before the migrants arrive.

All in all, it was a very good day of birding. No new birds for me, but a few surprises. If you do go to Fernald soon, don’t forget to check out the butterflies. They were everywhere.

Here is the list for today’s birding.

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. Starling
  4. Song Sparrow
  5. Eastern Bluebird
  6. Crow
  7. Eastern Kingbird
  8. Gold Finch
  9. Field Sparrow
  10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  11. Yellow-throated Warbler
  12. Wood Duck
  13. Carolina Chickadee
  14. Killdeer
  15. Eastern Meadowlark
  16. Kestrel
  17. Northern Cardinal
  18. Great Blue Heron
  19. Red Wind Blackbird
  20. Northern Harrier
  21. Mallard
  22. Green Heron
  23. Northern Rough Winged Swallow
  24. Purple Martin
  25. Indigo Bunting
  26. Downy Woodpecker
  27. House Finch
  28. House Sparrow
  29. Blue Grosbeak
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  31. Blue Jay
  32. Pileated Woodpecker
  33. Eastern Towhee
  34. Robin
  35. Summer Tanager
  36. White-breasted Nuthatch
  37. Least Flycatcher
  38. Eastern Wood Peewee
  39. Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
  40. Common Yellow Throat
  41. Common Grackle
  42. Turkey Vulture
  43. Northern Flicker
  44. Northern Mockingbird
  45. Grasshopper Sparrow
  46. Tufted Titmouse
  47. Warbling Vireo
  48. Mute Swan
  49. Grey Catbird
  50. Cooper’s Hawk