Sunday, December 8, 2013

Field Report: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Dec. 7, 2013

On Saturday, December 7, Vince Smith led a group on a bird walk at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove that saw 37 species. Highlights included Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Lesser Black-backed Gull. While Lesser Black-backed Gulls are common winter visitors to the larger bodies of water in Bucks County, such as Lake Galena in Peace Valley Park, it's much rarer to see them in Montgomery County, especially away from a large lake or similar body of water. The complete list of birds, as submitted to eBird, follows:

Canada Goose 330
Mallard 10
Common Merganser 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 11
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 16
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1