Sunday, November 10, 2013

Field Report: Welkinweir, November 9, 2013

On Saturday, November 9, Rick Keyser lead a group on a bird walk at Welkinweir in Pottstown, PA. 37 species were seen, highlights being American Black Duck, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Fox Sparrow. Rick's complete list, as submitted to eBird, follows:

Wood Duck  8    Mixed gender flock fly over
American Black Duck  5    Swimming on Rodebaugh pond
Mallard  5    Swimming on Rodebaugh pond
Black Vulture  1    Soaring
Turkey Vulture  2    Soaring
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1    Immature spooking many of the AMROs and CEDWs, saw well while perched and while soaring
Bald Eagle  1    Adult fly by just over the canopy !
Red-tailed Hawk  1    Adult soaring
Mourning Dove  10    Conservative estimate
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5    Vocal
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1    Heard, but did not see
Downy Woodpecker  4    Heard whinny
Hairy Woodpecker  1    Saw female, 'PEEK!'
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2    Vocal
Blue Jay  6    Conservative estimate - vocal
American Crow  3    Conservative estimate - vocal
Carolina Chickadee  6    Conservative estimate - calling
Tufted Titmouse  3    Calling
White-breasted Nuthatch  3    Heard calling
Brown Creeper  1    Heard calling
Carolina Wren  8
Golden-crowned Kinglet  12    Conservative estimate - calling seemingly in every direction, sometimes more than four seen at one time
Eastern Bluebird  4    Calling
American Robin  10    Conservative estimate - calling
European Starling  24
Cedar Waxwing  30    Conservative estimate - vocal
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
Eastern Towhee  1    Heard calling, possibly two birds counter-calling
Field Sparrow  3
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  9    Calling; began to sing as day warmed!
White-throated Sparrow  40    Conservative estimate - singing, calling
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  20    Conservative estimate - calling, some singing !
Northern Cardinal  3    Calling
Red-winged Blackbird  30    Conservative estimate - fly over flock calling, saw red wings
Common Grackle  150    Conservative estimate - fly over flock calling with long tails
American Goldfinch  1    Heard calling

Other wildlife sightings included Clouded Sulphur and Eastern Chipmunk and evidence of Beaver activity at Rodebaugh Pond.

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