Sunrise Birding Walk – August 6th

8 08 2011

Yellow Warbler - Luke Tiller

The first Sunrise Birding walk of the fall season. I guess it was a little early on in migration to find too many birds on Saturday and I spent a rather slow day bird wise, but still not to worry because I got to catch up with a great group of trip regulars that I basically consider friends now. It was really nice to see some people that I really hadn’t seen much since last fall, what with my spring being spent up in Rochester.

Although there wasn’t too much around I think we had a pretty good time discussing some of the finer points of separating Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, aging shorebirds as a process towards identifying them and were also treated to the sight of a young Red-shouldered Hawk, which allowed me to bring some of my hawkwatching skills in to play.

As I joking said on Saturday at least we cleaned up on the North American Night-Herons 😉 The only real other bird of note was a rather elegant female Northern Pintail which Gina Nichol picked out amongst a raft of Mallards. A nice find for August down on the Saugatuck River – it’s hard enough to dig one up for the Christmas Bird Count!

To round off the trip we popped over to a rather birdless Sherwood Island, but it did at least allow me to show off some of my newly developed butterfly ID skills. Also cool to see were a number of Eastern Cicada Killer Wasps. Although large and intimidating looking, I was interested to discover at the bee walk and talk that I went to at Greenwich Audubon recently that solitary bees and wasps tend to be fairly docile. If you think about it they don’t really have anything to defend, unlike honey bees or most bumblebees, so they are less prone to attacking you.

Anyway a fun if slightly quiet day. Hopefully by the time my next trips come up on August 27th and 28th migration will be further progressed.

Species Trip List:

Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
American Black  Duck
Northern Pintail
Turkey Vulture
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Ring-Billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Monk Parakeet
Chimney Swift
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



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