Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Field Report: Welkinweir, Nov. 12, 2011

One of the spots where Valley Forge Audubon holds regular walks is Welkinweir, a 197-acre preserve in northern Chester County that features wetlands, woods, and meadows, as well as a historic estate. Regular walks are held on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall. On November 12, Rick Keyser lead a walk and found 32 species of birds — and evidence of beavers. Here's his list, as submitted to eBird:

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4   
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1   
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2   
Accipiter sp. (Accipiter sp.)  1    Brief view in flight of a slate-backed, long-tailed raptor
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1   
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2    
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  15
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1   
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2   
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1    
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group])  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1    
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  10   
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7   
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  8    
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3   
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis)  2 
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  100
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  20
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3  
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  5   
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  7   
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  120 
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3

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