Summer Bird Count – Jun 12&13, 2010

Margaret Bain writes:
It rained most of the day on Saturday, June 12th, but the marsh and surrounding area was lively with birdsong. Sunday, June 13th, was a nicer day but almost the only species we added were Marsh Wren and sapsucker.
A total of 61 species this year during the Summer Count.

List of Species:

Canada Goose 20 feeding in the marsh + pair with 6 young in the field
Wood Duck at least 12 birds, no young seen
Mallard one flock of 24, other scattered pairs feeding on duckweed
Hooded Merganser 2 females flying out of marsh
Pied-billed Grebe only 1 seen and heard this year
American Bittern one flying out of northeast comer of marsh
Least Bittern one calling male on west side of marsh
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2 single birds flying over
Cooper’s Hawk one nice adult flying south along west edge of marsh
Virginia Rail 3+ noisy birds, one coming right out on the south road
Sora 1 heard
Common Moorhen 1 or 2 birds heard but none seen this year
Killdeer several calling and in flight
Ring-billed Gull many flying over
Mourning Dove several on hydro wires
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ad. carrying food to nestlings in woods n. of marsh
Downy Woodpecker 1 on roadside bushes
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1 on hydro pole south end of marsh
Alder Flycatcher several singing from edge of marsh
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing from meadow area
Least Flycatcher 2 singing from edge of meadow
Eastern Phoebe at least 1 heard
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 calling from trees at north end of marsh
Eastern Kingbird 2 or 3 in open areas
Warbling Vireo several singing in trees near marsh and along road
Red-eyed Vireo several singing in trees along road
Blue Jay 2 or 3
American Crow several in area
Tree Swallow only 1 or 2 this year, numbers have really dropped
Barn Swallow 2 or 3 over marsh and meadow
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Marsh Wren only a couple of birds heard this year
Veery 3-4 singing in treed areas
Wood Thrush 1 singing in trees at south edge of marsh
American Robin everywhere, as usual!
Gray Catbird 2+ in bushes along road
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks
Cedar Waxwing numbers seem up this summer
Yellow Warbler common in meadow area
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 or 3 in trees along the road and edge of marsh
Black-and-white Warbler 1 singing in trees south of marsh
Mourning Warbler 3+ singing in brushy areas
Common Yellowthroat 4+ singing at marshy edges
Chipping Sparrow several in roadside trees and on lawns
Song Sparrow several singing from trees and grassland
Swamp Sparrow numerous on south side of marsh
Northern Cardinal 2+ singing in gardens beside road
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 or 3 singing from taller trees
Indigo Bunting several on wires and roadside trees
Bobolink several in grassy areas
Red-winged Blackbird numerous in cattails
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in open grassland
Common Grackle numerous in all areas
Brown-headed Cowbird several (too many?)
Baltimore Oriole 5+ in gardens and treed areas
American Goldfinch several in open areas