Summer Bird Count – Jun 7&8, 2014

Margaret Bain reports:
The marsh was very quiet this year, with a total count of only 45 species. Although we went back several times we could not find a single rail or bittern; no Pied-billed Grebe or Great Blue Heron, and no Great Egret, although I had seen one there as early as April 20. It was sunny and warm which may have reduced bird song, but the main factors affecting the low count were probably the late spring after such a severe winter, and also the disturbing pipeline construction just north of the marsh – the noise and vehicle traffic undoubtedly discouraged many of the nesting birds. We missed the Hooded Warbler in the woods just north of Lone Pine, but the woods were altogether very quiet. A lone young turkey was casually feeding in the roadside field – to be expected now that turkeys seem to be everywhere.
But most exciting was a flyover of 11 Black-bellied Plovers in one flock, speeding north to the Arctic – only passersby perhaps, but a great addition to the Lone Pine Marsh checklist.

List of bird species:

Canada Goose only a few this year
Wood Duck 3 flying in and out of marsh but no young seen this year
Mallard a few pairs in the marsh
Wild Turkey 1 young male standing in field west of the marsh
Black-bellied Plover 11 late flight of migrants heading straight north to nest in the Arctic tundra! A new bird species for the Lone Pine checklist.
Killdeer one or two calling and in flight
Ring-billed Gull several flying over
Mourning Dove several on hydro wires
Northern Flicker one or two
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 near houses
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 calling loudly at north end of marsh
Eastern Kingbird 2 or 3 in open areas
Warbling Vireo 2 singing in trees along road
Red-eyed Vireo several singing in trees along road and around marsh
Blue Jay 2 or 3
American Crow several in fields and flying over
Tree Swallow 8-10 near nestboxes – the only swallows seen this year
Black-capped Chickadee several in treed areas
House Wren 3+ singing along road
Marsh Wren a few singing out in the marsh
Veery 1 calling from woods at the north end
American Robin numerous, as usual!
Gray Catbird 2+ in roadside vegetation
Brown Thrasher 2 singing from treetops
European Starling small flocks here and there
Cedar Waxwing a few flying over
Mourning Warbler only 1 or 2 this year because of pipeline disturbance
Common Yellowthroat 2 or 3 singing at marsh edges
Yellow Warbler 2 or 3 in meadow and marsh edges
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 fewer than usual
Bobolink several in tall grass areas
Red-winged Blackbird numerous in cattails
Eastern Meadowlark 3+ in grassland area
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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