Notes From The Field/ Ellis Lake-West Chester Wetlands

With the weather being a real downer lately, the sight of the Sun and warmer temperatures made for an ideal evening to do some birding. So after I got off work went home and  took take a nap till 5:30, gathered my gear and headed out to Ellis Lake. I decided to come into the area from the Seward Road entrance, since it seems the wading birds were feeding there the last time I visited. This is the parking lot for the bike & hike trail that skirts the area.

I knew that the Miami-Erie Canal ran through this area, and this map at the trail head shows how the canal ran. If you look close you can see a red dot at the bottom. That’s the location in reference to where Ellis Lake is situated.

Water level covering the field was down from the previous time I was there. This proved helpful, since to get close to the birds I had to walk out into the field. As usual they were congregating in a small sky pond on the North West side of the field.

If you look real close the birds with the black patches on their bellies are called Dunlin. There were several of this species there. It was proving difficult to get good focus on these distant birds.

Great Egret

Semipalmated Plover

2 Semipalmated Plovers

Besides being a smaller plover than the Killdeer, the Semipalmated Plover has only 1 black band around it’s neck, as the Killdeer will have 2.

It was a very fine evening and what surprised me was that no one was there birding. On such a beautiful evening one would think that I’d at least see one other person birding. Oh well, I spent about 90 minutes there and had a great time.

Notable birds for the evening include:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Great Egret
  4. Turkey Vulture
  5. Common Moorhen
  6. Semipalmated Plover
  7. Killdeer
  8. Spotted Sandpiper
  9. Solitary Sandpiper
  10. Greater Yellowlegs
  11. Lesser Yellowlegs
  12. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  13. Least Sandpiper
  14. White-rumped Sandpiper
  15. Dunlin
  16. Short-billed Dowitcher
  17. Eastern Kingbird
  18. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  19. Tree Swallow
  20. barn Swallow
  21. American Robin
  22. Gray Catbird
  23. Common Yellowthroat
  24. Northern Cardinal
  25. Song Sparrow
  26. Swamp Sparrow
  27. Red-winged Blackbird
  28. Common Grackle
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