Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
25 September, 2013

Eighteen birders participated in today's walk let by Danny Shelton. The rain had stopped by the time we got under way, but misty, cloudy conditions persisted for the entire morning making the observing challenging as we continually looked into a gray background. American Redstarts were the top numbering warbler species. The bright spot in the gray was a male Summer Tanager perched atop a bare tree near the Spillway.The red was very obvious.

We spotted an unusually high number of Black Vultures which had begun settling in a nearby tree. We had just walked past the tree when we heard a loud snap, then a crash and the startled flight of numerous vultures suddenly airborne. We assume the weight of perched vultures was more than the branch could bear and down it came, leaving the birds instantly in flight.

35 Species

 Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 20
Wild Turkey 5
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 3
Black Vulture 41
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 10
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Swainson's Thrush 5
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
American Redstart 9
Magnolia Warbler 7
Palm Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 9
American Goldfinch 2

Kevin Bowden