Multiple Notes From The Field

Newtown Farmers Market, Ellis Lake/ West Chester Wetlands, Avoca Trailhead Park, Magrish Riverlands Preserve

As a bird blogger there comes a time when birding supersedes blogging. And such is the case these last several days. I would rather write one big blog, than to miss an opportunity to go birding during migration when things are really firing up.

So to start, last Sunday I made a deal with Kathy that I’d do the grocery shopping  if I could get the morning off to do a little birding. DEAL. So I was off to Riverside park in Newtown right across from Newtown Farmers Market, where for the last several days a Long-billed Dowitcher and other cool stuff had been hangin’. Across the road from the park is a grass field that was retaining water and the perfect location for your wading type birds.

Spotting the Dowitchers was easy enough, telling the difference between the 2 species is an entirely different matter. There were 3 Dowitchers and one was very different from the others, so this was the one I focused my attention on.

Doing a side by side comparison with the other 2 and studying the field marks I felt confident that we had 2 Short-billed and 1 Long-billed Dowitcher.

After 30 minutes I was planning on going home but I had a great idea that maybe I should drop by Avoca Park that’s right on the way back towards home. I’ve only been to Avoca Park once before and it was for a very short visit. This time I thought I’d walk into the woods a little and get a feel for the park. And what a great feeling it was. Warblers were everywhere. Yellow-rumped Warblers were to numerous to count after a while and Nashville and Blue-winged were always on either side of me as I made my way slowly along well maintained trails.

I could have stayed a whole day, but a deal is a deal so I headed home to  keep my end of the bargain.

Now yesterday with Kathy in school I thought a quick stop at Ellis Lake & West Chester Wetlands was in order. With all the rain lately and a few reports that came across the “sightings log”, there appeared to be some decent activity going on. As I pulled into the parking lot me eyes were towards the darkening sky than the birds  feeding in several large sky pools.

With the rumble of thunder in the background I quickly noted all the species that I saw and did some quick calculations as to how many and left with lightning showing up on the horizon.

2 Short-billed Dowitchers

30 minutes just isn’t enough time to thoroughly count all the different species in a given area. However by the time I got going the rain started to pick up in intensity, so by the time i got home it was coming down in buckets.

So today John Marvin e-mailed me wanting to know if I wanted to meet over in Newtown again and see if we can re-locate the Long-billed Dowitchers. I got there first and started to scan the now larger body of water. John showed up a few minutes later and then we got serious. We moved down the side of the road to get a better view and to see if they were somewhere we hadn’t looked . John was the first to spot them. All told there were 3 Dowitchers. 2 of them were definitely Short-billed, however there was one that had that look to it.

This is the one with that look to it. Maybe a possible Long-billed?

A sleepy Short-billed Dowitcher

I can’t believe that I caught this one flapping it’s wings.

After leaving Newtown John and myself drove to Magrish Riverlands Preserve. We stayed for about an hour and covered as much as possible. I think some of the birds that were there yesterday moved on after the storms passed through. It was pretty quiet except for a couple of FOY birds, Philadelphia Vireo and Veery. At 6:30 we parted ways so we both could get home at a decent hour.

Notable birds for the past few days include:

  1. Great Blue Heron
  2. Warbling Vireo
  3. Philadelphia Vireo
  4. Blue Jay
  5. Carolina Chickadee
  6. Tufted Titmouse
  7. Carolina Wren
  8. American Robin
  9. Northern Cardinal
  10. Song Sparrow
  11. Cedar Waxwing
  12. Indigo Bunting
  13. Baltimore Oriole
  14. Veery
  15. Canada Goose
  16. Wood Duck
  17. Mallard
  18. Blue-winged Teal
  19. American Coot
  20. Blue-winged Warbler
  21. Tennessee Warbler
  22. Nashville Warbler
  23. Yellow Warbler
  24. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  25. Northern Parula
  26. Palm Warbler
  27. Common Yellowthroat
  28. Mourning Dove
  29. Gray Catbird
  30. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  31. Chimney Swift
  32. Tree Swallow
  33. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  34. Downy Woodpecker
  35. Northern Flicker
  36. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  37. Belted Kingfisher
  38. Solitary Sandpiper
  39. Spotted Sandpiper
  40. Least Sandpiper
  41. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  42. Dunlin
  43. Greater Yellowleg
  44. Lesser Yellowleg
  45. Pectoral Sandpipper
  46.  Short-billed Dowitcher
  47. Long-billed Dowitcher
  48. Killdeer
  49. Semipalmated Plover
  50. Northern Shoveler
  51. Virginai Rail
  52. Brown-headed Cowbird
  53. Common Grackle
  54. American Goldfinch

2 responses to “Multiple Notes From The Field

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