Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prospect March 14th; the early spring roll....

The first timers are rolling in and it's EASTERN PHOEBE for "first of season" (FOS) seen on Lookout Hill 's switchback trail per Mary Eyster. A later report  from Rob Bate revealed the Ravine as another spot for this common flycatcher species due to increase number wise with the warmer weather in the week ahead.

Two GREAT EGRETS (GREG) now are hanging around the south Lullwater at the cofferdam section , one GREG seen sitting on a pipe that runs thru for water flow movement from one dam to the other. Mud and silt doesn't seem to deter these elegant creatures, but plenty of fish underwater as they are rescued by Natural Resources Crews ,interns and volunteers.

A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS in the Lullwater, looking calm next to a Double-crested Cormorant.

Earlier, I ran into Russ A. and while conversing at Lily Pool meadow, a TURKEY VULTURE flew low over us..we weren't the right carrion for sure.

Note GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET today, 4 birds seen.It's going to pick up...

A pending report later tonight I presume of more good birds.


From Rob Bate:

I ran out to the park when I saw your post about Mary's FOS Phoebe and finally found it (or one) in the Ravine north of the 3 Arches Bridge.
26 Species

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  1  
Mallard  3  
Hooded Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  2  
Great Egret  2  
Cooper's Hawk  1  
Red-tailed Hawk  2  
American Coot  2  
Rock Pigeon  10  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1  
Downy Woodpecker  2  
Eastern Phoebe  1  
Blue Jay  4  
American Crow  1  
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Brown Creeper  1  
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4  
American Robin  35  
European Starling  10  
Song Sparrow  15  
White-throated Sparrow  2  
Northern Cardinal  4  
Red-winged Blackbird  4  
Common Grackle  5  
House Sparrow  10