Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sat. 2/16: Redheads and Canvasbacks at Villas WMA; Barnacle Goose continues; Jake's Landing notes

If it's coverage you want, then it's coverage you shall get! After looking over the great selection of lists and doing some rough math in my head, it appears that 83 species have been reported on View from the Cape today alone (including the two lists at the end of this post). Who ever said there's no birds in February??

As previously mentioned, the Barnacle Goose was an easy spot on Lily Lake this morning, at one point just 20 feet from East Lake Drive, right in front of CMBO's Northwood Center...if only we could pay the bird to do that every day. I also encountered the Bonaparte's Gull flock at Sunset Beach, even though it was down to 82 birds by the time I arrived (and a grand total of 4 by the time I left). An immature Great Cormorant was lounging on the ship. The Yellow-breasted Chat of the State Park was seen again yesterday, but I naturally had no luck finding it this morning.

Villas WMA was productive in the late-morning, highlighted by 3 Redheads and 2 Canvasbacks in the main pond by the clubhouse. Rusty Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were nice to see as well. A Kestrel was here, as was the continuing bird at the Beanery.

Over a dozen people from three states were on hand to witness the evening show at Jake's Landing. Short-eared Owls were present and showed fairly well, with at least 4 seen by me. Other winged creatures here included 15 Eastern Meadowlarks, a slick male Harrier, a chirping Seaside Sparrow and 2 Great Horned Owls duetting. The sunset and proceeding dusk colors were spectacular as well.

Lists from Villas WMA and Jake's Landing included-

Location: Villas WMA
Observation date: 2/16/08
Number of species: 40
Canada Goose 7

American Wigeon 12
Mallard 4
Canvasback 2
Redhead 3
Ring-necked Duck 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Kestrel 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 12
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 25
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 65
Cedar Waxwing 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Chipping Sparrow 35
Song Sparrow 15
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 12
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Rusty Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 12

Location: Jake's Landing
Observation date: 2/16/08
Number of species: 25
Snow Goose 55

Canada Goose 14
American Black Duck 25
Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal 1
Hooded Merganser 16
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 9
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Clapper Rail 4
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 20
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 1
Great Horned Owl 2
Short-eared Owl 4
American Crow 1
Marsh Wren 9
American Robin 25
European Starling 12
Seaside Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 5
Red-winged Blackbird 80
Common Grackle 25

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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