Sunday, April 20, 2014

Long Hunter State Park
Apr. 19, 2014

The weather was great, the sky a brilliant blue, and the birds happily out-and-about this morning as six birders gathered for the NTOS field trip to Long Hunter State Park. We all agreed it was a wonderful trip. Highlights include a welcoming Orchard Oriole singing in the parking lot; dozens of Prothonotary Warblers singing and feeding, even a couple at nearly eye level; four Ospreys circling (two of which were carrying fish) in the same field of view; five Spotted Sandpipers feeding and bobbing along the rocky bank; one somewhat cooperative Great Crested Flycatcher; a handsome male Summer Tanager; a very vocal Broad-winged Hawk that briefly soared above us; and finally, a "bee-buzzy" Blue-winged Warbler that almost broke our backs and necks.

A complete species list is below. Thank you, Mary Zimmerman, for your great help today!

44 species

Wood Duck-2
Great Blue Heron-3
Black Vulture-2
Cooper's Hawk-1
Broad-winged Hawk-1
Spotted Sandpiper-5
Red-bellied Woodpecker-6
Downy Woodpecker-3
Hairy Woodpecker-3
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Great Crested Flycatcher-2
Eastern Kingbird-5
Yellow-throated Vireo-1
Red-eyed Vireo-3
Blue Jay-2
American Crow-5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-x (heard only)
Purple Martin-20+
Barn Swallow-20+
Tree Swallow-10+
Carolina Chickadee-12
Tufted Titmouse-12
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Carolina Wren-6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-20+ (2 w/nests)
Blue-winged Warbler-1
Prothonotary Warbler-20+
Palm Warbler-1
Yellow-rumped Warbler-8
Yellow-throated Warbler-1
Prairie Warbler-1
Eastern Towhee-2
Chipping Sparrow-5
Field Sparrow-1
Summer Tanager-1
Northern Cardinal-15
Indigo Bunting-1
Red-winged Blackbird-3
Common Grackle-2
Brown-headed Cowbird-12
Orchard Oriole-1
House Finch-2
American Goldfinch-15+

Chloe Walker