Monday, October 08, 2007

Field Trip Results

Lincoln's Sparrow

We found 8 sparrow species plus Eastern Towhee and Dark-eyed Junco during the Madison Audubon field trip at Pheasant Branch on Saturday. Everyone got great views of a Lincoln's Sparrow that was first found foraging in tall grass, then flew up to a tree limb for all to appreciate. Other sparrows included Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow and many Song Sparrows.

I was super impressed with the identification skills of the young birders/naturalists who attended the field trip – Nate, Max and Michael. Thanks again for finding the Fox Sparrow, Nate!

After the field trip officially ended, a few of us birded the stream corridor and found a few mixed warbler flocks that included Black-throated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler and Nashville Warbler. We finished with 58 bird species for both sections of the conservancy.

Pheasant Branch Prairie & Stream Corridor (10/06/07):

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift *
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker *
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe *
Blue-headed Vireo *
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse *
Red-breasted Nuthatch *
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper *
Carolina Wren *
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet *
Ruby-crowned Kinglet *
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush *
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler *
Nashville Warbler *
Magnolia Warbler *
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler *
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler *
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

* = stream corridor only

Lincoln's Sparrow © 2007 Mike McDowell

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