Notes From The Field

Armleder Park, Fly Ash Pond, 4 Seasons Marina, Magrish Preserve, California Woods

There are times when you go birding that taking pictures is the last thing on your mind. For me to digiscope birds I have to carry
my spotting scope with me all the time. This is not an option when searching for passerines. Anyway I forgot to take along my other camera, not that it would have mattered. There were some good opportunities for getting some decent bird pictures but it will have to wait for another time.

I texted Jon the other day in hopes he would be up for a little field trip today. He replied that he was, however he was only open for the morning. So I picked him up at 8 am and made our way to Armleder Park. The possibility of some wading birds at the “Bean Field” and some good Sparrow habitat makes this an inviting destination. And with the added plus of Vesper Sparrows being seen just a few days earlier made this a great choice for the day.

We started out searching for the Vesper Sparrow. We dipped, though Savannah, Swamp, Song, and White-crowned were present along with other great birds. The Bean Field held a good bit of water but the only wading birds seen and heard were both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs. The resident Great Horned Owl was seen as it flew by and into a far tree with a couple of Crows giving it grief.

With a few more FOS (first of season ) under our belt, we made our way back to the car and drove to what locals call ” Fly Ash Pond “. In th e past this pond has produced some great birds, especially wading  birds. Even though the wading birds were lacking a Red-tailed Hawk scared up our first Green Heron for the year.

After leaving the pond we headed over to Magrish Preserve with a brief stop over to 4 Seasons Marina to scan over the pond that’s right next to the road. This location produced several FOS birds, which included Barn, Bank, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows. At Magrish Preserve we added yet another FOS bird, Palm Warbler that was viewed scratching around and underneath leaf liter on the ground. And the Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere.

The target bird for California Woods were Waterthrushes. This is my go to location if I need Louisiana Waterthrush, but not today. However the keen ears of Jon made out a Northern Paula on the drive in just before we parked. And sure enough we heard and saw at least 2. Nesting Eastern Phoebes and a fly by Pleated Woodpecker was the highlights till the time we left. While loading our stuff into the car Jon spotted a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. While we were watching this bird we both jerked our heads as another bird made it’s call. Jon got on the bird first. Blue-headed Vireo. A very cool bird and one I’ve not seen for a couple of years. We were out of there with a pretty nice list of birds.

Sorry again for the lack of pictures.

Notable birds for the day include:
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
House Sparrow
Canada Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Northern Shoveler
Wood Duck
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Gadwall
American Coot
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
American Kestrel
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chimney Swift
Green Heron
Greater Yellowleg
Lesser Yellowleg
Killdeer
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Northern Parula
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Robin
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Clickable
Carolina Wren
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Starling
Eastern Goldfinch
House Finch
Mourning Dove
Chipping Sparrow
Common Crow
Blue-headed Vireo
Dark-eyed Junco
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Phoebe

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