Summer Bird Count – Jun 8, 2013

(submitted by Margaret Bain)
A total of 61 species this year, with some new ones found and some old ones missed.
It was overcast and wet most of the day on Saturday, June 8, with very little birdsong. Sunday, June 9th, was a nicer day and the sunshine brought out several birds we had expected to see and hear in the rain.

A male mallard at the marsh (Apr 2013). (credit: Doug McRae, Shrew Solutions Inc.)

List of bird species:

Canada Goose HUNDREDS feeding in nearby fields and flying over
Wood Duck 2 females – one with a brood of at least 4 ducklings
Northern Pintail 1 male feeding in nearby field – first ever for the count
Mallard a few pairs in the marsh, many feeding in nearby fields
American Bittern 1 male calling deep in the marsh – not seen
Least Bittern 1 seen briefly as it flew a short distance over the marsh
Great Blue Heron 1 flying over
Great Egret 2 both days, feeding at south edge of marsh
Green Heron 2 flying over
Broad-winged Hawk 1 very vocal and territorial in woods at north edge of marsh
Common Gallinule one, heard only
Killdeer several calling and in flight
Ring-billed Gull many flying over
Mourning Dove several on hydro wires
Red-bellied Woodpecker one male flying over
Hairy Woodpecker 2 in dead trees
Northern Flicker 3 or 4 heard and seen
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 singing in woods at north edge of marsh
Alder Flycatcher several singing from edge of marsh
Willow Flycatcher 1 singing from meadow area
Eastern Phoebe 2 or 3 around the houses on Maple Grove Road
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 at north end of marsh
Eastern Kingbird 2 or 3 in open areas
Warbling Vireo several singing in trees near marsh and along road
Red-eyed Vireo several singing in trees along road
Blue Jay 3 or more noisy birds
American Crow several in fields and flying over
Tree Swallow 4+ over the marsh, at least 1 entering nestbox
Bank Swallow 4 over the marsh – unexpected – not seen here previous years
Barn Swallow 4+ over marsh and meadow
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Winter Wren 1 singing in woods north of marsh
Marsh Wren a few singing reluctantly in the rain
Eastern Bluebird probably 2 different pairs attending nest boxes
Veery 3+ singing in wooded areas
American Robin numerous, as usual!
Gray Catbird 3+ in roadside bushes, 1 at edge of marsh
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks here and there
Cedar Waxwing 6+ flying over
Black-and-white Warbler 1 in trees south of marsh
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 or 3 in trees along edge of marsh
Mourning Warbler 3+ singing in brushy areas
Common Yellowthroat 4+ singing at marsh edges
Yellow Warbler several in meadow and marsh edges
Canada Warbler 1 singing in woods north of marsh
Scarlet Tanager 1 singing from tall trees at north end of marsh
Chipping Sparrow several in roadside trees
Song Sparrow several, in trees, bushes, and grassy areas
Swamp Sparrow numerous on south side of marsh
Northern Cardinal 2+ singing in gardens beside road
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 or 3 singing from taller trees
Indigo Bunting very vocal on fences and roadside trees
Bobolink several in tall grass areas – more this year it would seem
Red-winged Blackbird very numerous in cattails
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in grassland
Common Grackle lots everywhere
Brown-headed Cowbird only a few this year
Baltimore Oriole 4+ in treed areas
American Goldfinch several flying over

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