Summer Bird Count – Jun 7&8, 2014

Margaret Bain reports:
The marsh was very quiet this year, with a total count of only 45 species. Although we went back several times we could not find a single rail or bittern; no Pied-billed Grebe or Great Blue Heron, and no Great Egret, although I had seen one there as early as April 20. It was sunny and warm which may have reduced bird song, but the main factors affecting the low count were probably the late spring after such a severe winter, and also the disturbing pipeline construction just north of the marsh – the noise and vehicle traffic undoubtedly discouraged many of the nesting birds. We missed the Hooded Warbler in the woods just north of Lone Pine, but the woods were altogether very quiet. A lone young turkey was casually feeding in the roadside field – to be expected now that turkeys seem to be everywhere.
But most exciting was a flyover of 11 Black-bellied Plovers in one flock, speeding north to the Arctic – only passersby perhaps, but a great addition to the Lone Pine Marsh checklist.

List of bird species:

Canada Goose only a few this year
Wood Duck 3 flying in and out of marsh but no young seen this year
Mallard a few pairs in the marsh
Wild Turkey 1 young male standing in field west of the marsh
Black-bellied Plover 11 late flight of migrants heading straight north to nest in the Arctic tundra! A new bird species for the Lone Pine checklist.
Killdeer one or two calling and in flight
Ring-billed Gull several flying over
Mourning Dove several on hydro wires
Northern Flicker one or two
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 singing in woods at north edge of marsh
Alder Flycatcher several singing from edge of marsh
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing from meadow area
Eastern Phoebe 2 or 3 near houses
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 calling loudly at north end of marsh
Eastern Kingbird 2 or 3 in open areas
Warbling Vireo 2 singing in trees along road
Red-eyed Vireo several singing in trees along road and around marsh
Blue Jay 2 or 3
American Crow several in fields and flying over
Tree Swallow 8-10 near nestboxes – the only swallows seen this year
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Marsh Wren a few singing out in the marsh
Veery 1 calling from woods at the north end
American Robin numerous, as usual!
Gray Catbird 2+ in roadside vegetation
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks here and there
Cedar Waxwing a few flying over
Mourning Warbler only 1 or 2 this year because of pipeline disturbance
Common Yellowthroat 2 or 3 singing at marsh edges
Yellow Warbler 2 or 3 in meadow and marsh edges
Chipping Sparrow several in roadside trees
Song Sparrow several, in trees, bushes, and grassy areas
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 fewer than usual
Bobolink several in tall grass areas
Red-winged Blackbird numerous in cattails
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in grassland area
Common Grackle lots everywhere
Brown-headed Cowbird only a few this year
Baltimore Oriole 4+ in treed areas
American Goldfinch several flying over

Summer Bird Count – Jun 8, 2013

(submitted by Margaret Bain)
A total of 61 species this year, with some new ones found and some old ones missed.
It was overcast and wet most of the day on Saturday, June 8, with very little birdsong. Sunday, June 9th, was a nicer day and the sunshine brought out several birds we had expected to see and hear in the rain.

A male mallard at the marsh (Apr 2013). (credit: Doug McRae, Shrew Solutions Inc.)

List of bird species:

Canada Goose HUNDREDS feeding in nearby fields and flying over
Wood Duck 2 females – one with a brood of at least 4 ducklings
Northern Pintail 1 male feeding in nearby field – first ever for the count
Mallard a few pairs in the marsh, many feeding in nearby fields
American Bittern 1 male calling deep in the marsh – not seen
Least Bittern 1 seen briefly as it flew a short distance over the marsh
Great Blue Heron 1 flying over
Great Egret 2 both days, feeding at south edge of marsh
Green Heron 2 flying over
Broad-winged Hawk 1 very vocal and territorial in woods at north edge of marsh
Common Gallinule one, heard only
Killdeer several calling and in flight
Ring-billed Gull many flying over
Mourning Dove several on hydro wires
Red-bellied Woodpecker one male flying over
Hairy Woodpecker 2 in dead trees
Northern Flicker 3 or 4 heard and seen
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 singing in woods at north edge of marsh
Alder Flycatcher several singing from edge of marsh
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing from meadow area
Eastern Phoebe 2 or 3 around the houses on Maple Grove Road
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 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 3 or more noisy birds
American Crow several in fields and flying over
Tree Swallow 4+ over the marsh, at least 1 entering nestbox
Bank Swallow 4 over the marsh – unexpected – not seen here previous years
Barn Swallow 4+ over marsh and meadow
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Winter Wren 1 singing in woods north of marsh
Marsh Wren a few singing reluctantly in the rain
Eastern Bluebird probably 2 different pairs attending nest boxes
Veery 3+ singing in wooded areas
American Robin numerous, as usual!
Gray Catbird 3+ in roadside bushes, 1 at edge of marsh
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks here and there
Cedar Waxwing 6+ flying over
Black-and-white Warbler 1 in trees south of marsh
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 or 3 in trees along edge of marsh
Mourning Warbler 3+ singing in brushy areas
Common Yellowthroat 4+ singing at marsh edges
Yellow Warbler several in meadow and marsh edges
Canada Warbler 1 singing in woods north of marsh
Scarlet Tanager 1 singing from tall trees at north end of marsh
Chipping Sparrow several in roadside trees
Song Sparrow several, in trees, bushes, and grassy areas
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 very vocal on fences and roadside trees
Bobolink several in tall grass areas – more this year it would seem
Red-winged Blackbird very numerous in cattails
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in grassland
Common Grackle lots everywhere
Brown-headed Cowbird only a few this year
Baltimore Oriole 4+ in treed areas
American Goldfinch several flying over

Summer Bird Count, Jun 2012

Margaret Bain once again conducted the summer bird count. She writes:
The summer’s biggest find was a Hooded Warbler in the woods just north of the Lone Pine Marsh, on the east side of the road.

A tree swallow perches on a box (Apr 2013). (credit: Doug McRae, Shrew Solutions Inc.)

The summer count also included:
Marsh Wrens (2 groups, numbers have increased)
Veery (3+)
Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing (good numbers)
Yellow Warblers (several)
Chestnut sided Warbler
Black and white Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting (several)
Bobolink (several)
Easter Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Wood duck (12 – one with brood, 4 ducklings)
Hooded Merganser
American Bittern (Least Bittern heard by Roger Frost in May)
Pied Billed Grebe
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Eastern Pee Wee
Alder Flycatcher (several)
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red Eyed Vireo (several)
Tree Swallow (entering nest box)
Barn Swallow
Chipping Sparrow (several)
Vesper Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (numerous)

3 Blanding’s Turtles were also spotted at the Lone Pine Marsh last summer. Blanding’s are a threatened species, so it is both encouraging and rewarding to have them in our very own Marsh!

Summer Bird Count – Jun 4&5 2011

List of Species:

Canada Goose adults and young in marsh
Wood Duck at least 2 pairs flying off from marsh
Mallard scattered pairs and groups feeding on duckweed
Pied-billed Grebe 2 males well seen and heard at opposite corners of marsh
Least Bittern one calling male towards centre of marsh
Great Blue Heron 2 flying over
Great Egret 2 feeding in marsh
Green Heron single bird flying over
Sharp-shinned Hawk one flying
Virginia Rail at least 3 heard, one seen briefly, SE comer of marsh
Killdeer several calling and in flight
Wilson’s Snipe one winnowing over marsh
Ring-billed Gull many flying over
Mourning Dove several
Belted Kingfisher one flying down east side of marsh
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 in trees on north side of marsh
Downy Woodpecker 1 at west side of marsh
Northern Flicker at least 2 in trees on north side of marsh
Pileated Woodpecker 1 on hydro pole south end of marsh
Alder Flycatcher 5+ singing from west edge of marsh
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing from meadow area
Least Flycatcher 2 singing from edge of meadow
Eastern Phoebe 1 calling from behind houses on west side of road
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 calling from trees at north end of marsh
Eastern Kingbird 3+ on hydro wires
Warbling Vireo several singing in trees near marsh and along road
Red-eyed Vireo several singing in trees along road
Blue Jay 4+
American Crow 8 in fields on west side or road
Tree Swallow 4, numbers continue low
Barn Swallow 4 over marsh and meadow
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Marsh Wren only one distant bird heard
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 near houses along road
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks
Cedar Waxwing 2 small groups
Yellow Warbler 8+ in meadow area
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 in trees along the road
Black-and-white Warbler one in trees south of marsh
Mourning Warbler 2 in brushy areas
Common Yellowthroat 3 or 4 at edge of marsh
Chipping Sparrow several in roadside trees and on lawns
Song Sparrow several in roadside trees and bushes
Swamp Sparrow numerous on south side of marsh
Northern Cardinal 2 pairs in gardens beside road
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 in tall roadside trees
Indigo Bunting several on wires and roadside trees
Bobolink about 6 in grassy areas
Red-winged Blackbird 30+ in marsh cattails, mostly singing males
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in grassland
Common Grackle numerous in all areas
Brown-headed Cowbird 10+ along wires, males displaying
Baltimore Oriole 5+ in roadside gardens
American Goldfinch several in open areas

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