Thursday, July 2, 2009

Return to Dyken Pond 6/28/09

Decent weather, with sun early then a brief shower by noon.

39 species observed, highlights included:

Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture flyovers near the pond.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the woods behind Dustin Swamp.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER seen singing at Dustin Swamp. White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco there also.

Got buzzed by Ruby-throated Hummingbird several times down by the boat launch. Ovenbird feeding a fledgling there as well.


BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER seen singing high atop a pine from the parking area.

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER seen on the boat launch access road- this may be the best quarter-mile stretch to bird at Dyken Pond.

Both Nuthatches, and six for six on the woodpeckers; Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were numerous today. Hermit Thrush was common as well, along with Ovenbird.

Brilliant red Scarlet Tanager on the road out.

But, from the "what was that about?" dept., on the way out, close to the entrance, at least 150 Common Grackles flew across the road in a great swarm; it took at least ninety seconds for them to all pass from right to left. I may be underestimating the number by half, as I didn't try to count them at first. Drive slowly on the road in to the parking lot, there are big potholes, rivulets, and washouts from all the recent rains.

Location: Dyken Pond Environmental Ed Center
Observation date: 6/28/09
Number of species: 39

Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 8
Cedar Waxwing 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Ovenbird 10
Common Yellowthroat 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 150
American Goldfinch 2

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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