Thursday, July 2, 2009

Papscanee Island 6/20/09

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club had a field trip to Papscanee Island Nature Preserve in western Rennselaer county on Saturday. There is a sod farm and small creek/marsh area on the road in at the southern entrance on Staats Island Rd. Dozens of Killdeer were foraging on the ground at the sod farm, and swallows, flycatchers, goldfinches and kingbirds were in and around the creek. Highlights here were a Savannah Sparrow perched on a wire, and a Spotted Sandpiper in a low, brushy field.

Once into the densely covered preserve, the dominant species was American Redstart; they were seemingly everywhere. Wood Thrush were common and could occasionally be viewed. The preserve borders the Hudson River on it's west side, and a Mute Swan was observed flying southbound low over the river. The highlight here, however, was a Double-crested Cormorant out in the water with a freshly caught eel! After several minutes of struggle the cormorant ate the eel whole.

This is a very "birdy" area with a wide variety of common species. Bring boots, as it can be very wet, and plenty of insect repellent as well. Also beware that Amtrak runs a high-speed rail line on the east side of the preserve; the trains are frequent and come up on you quickly.

Location: Papscanee Island Nature Preserve
Observation date: 6/20/09
Number of species: 46

Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 20
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 15
Bank Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 5
Yellow Warbler 4
American Redstart 15
Common Yellowthroat 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 10

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