Wednesday, April 07, 2010

More Yellow-rumps!

I confined myself to my apartment over the weekend on account of coming down with a really bad cold.  I finally felt well enough to get back out to Pheasant Branch Conservancy yesterday and was pleased to find a flock of foraging Yellow-rumped Warblers along the west creek corridor trail. These birds were unlike the first few bedraggled arrivals from late last month; these were sporting super-smart looking, fresh spring suits. The warblers were accompanied by several Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, their sweet diminutive calls emanating from the thicket where they were foraging for insects. I also observed my first Hermit Thrush of spring. Despite feeling a little under the weather, it was rejuvenating to be outside breathing fresh air.

Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 4/6/10
Number of species: 43

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

© 2010 Mike McDowell

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