Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
October 3, 2012

Under clear skies and brilliant sunshine with mist rising from the lake, 20 birders set off this morning on the NTOS-sponsored walk at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. As might be expected, MAGNOLIA WARBLERS were in high numbers, but they were actually outdone by the BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Several BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were seen; one along the Lake Trail was particularly cooperative. A little unusual was a lone female YELLOW WARBLER spotted in bare branches near the Spillway. A first for this fall for the group was a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Dozens of CHIMNEY SWIFTS flew out over the lake, swooping down, skimming along the surface for a a second or two, and rising up only to do it again. A large gathering of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS was seen near Grassy Point and a few males still had considerable color.

Below is a list of species observed.
41 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 27
Blue-winged Teal 7
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Chimney Swift 105
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 12
Carolina Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Carolina Wren 11
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 35
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 11
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 14
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 2

Kevin Bowden