Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
11 April 2012

Nearly 20 birders joined this morning's first of the regularly scheduled Spring 2012 walks at Radnor Lake State Natural Area in sunny but chilly conditions. It was one of those transition days where several RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS entertained us at close range with  NORTHERN PARULAS singing and flitting overhead. Along the creek near the West Parking Lot we all got a great look at a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, but later the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, whose song seems so similar after months of hearing neither species, fooled some of us at first. A pair of WOOD DUCKS, perched about 20 feet off the ground near the trail, explored a large tree cavity. Many LESSER SCAUP were still on the lake as great numbers of NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS perched nearby and flitted over the lake surface.

45 species

Canada Goose  11
Wood Duck  18
Mallard  9
Blue-winged Teal  4
Lesser Scaup  44
Wild Turkey  6
Pied-billed Grebe  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  16
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  61
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  18
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  10
Eastern Bluebird  8
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Parula  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  10

Kevin Bowden