Monday, March 17, 2008

Villas WMA Red-headed Woodpeckers continue; elsewhere piles of eagles, Pine Warblers, Canvasbacks, Barn Swallows

I ran into Kathy and Roger Roye-Horn at Villas WMA Sunday evening. I had noticed a"bunch" of Eastern Phoebes, at least 10, plus male and female kestrels, in the brief time I was there. Kathy and Roger found a bunch of other goodies, including the Red-headed Woodpeckers now displaying some signs they intend to stay to nest (the list below is from Kathy and Roger):

Location: Villas WMA
Observation date: 3/16/08
Notes: Pine warblers FOS, feeding on ground with juncos. RHWP separate, one defending hole?Number of species: 33
American Wigeon 3
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 14
Ruddy Duck 3
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 30
Tufted Titmouse 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Pine Warbler 6
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 50
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Rusty Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
House Finch 2

Janet Crawford and Karen Johnson report the following from CMBO's Sunday field trips to Turkey Point and Jake's Landing. Some pretty great highlights, including many eagles, Barn Swallow, and a Harbor Porpoise at Jake's Landing:

"Hey Don - In between the walks, we went to Heislerville, and saw 35 Canvasbacks.

CMBO Turkey Point walk. We had a very Eaglely morning, with 18 Bald Eagles at Turkey Point, 2 Adult and 16 Immature, 1 Adult that flew over us and up the road at Hansey Creek, and 2 Adult and 1 unaged at Newport Landing. The young Eagles at Turkey Point were chasing each other, and practicing courtship flight. We had a very early Barn Swallow mixed in with the Tree Swallows. We also went into the woods on Hansey Creek Road where we enjoyed 3 Pine Warblers.

Location: Turkey Point
Number of species: 33
Snow Goose 100
Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 12
American Black Duck X
Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal 30
Bufflehead 38
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 7
Ruddy Duck 4
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 7
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 9
Bald Eagle 18
Northern Harrier 33
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Tree Swallow 52
Barn Swallow 1
American Robin X
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling X
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 12
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark 13
Common Grackle X

Location: Hansey Creek Road
Number of species: 17
Bald Eagle 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 21
American Crow 15
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin X
Cedar Waxwing X
Pine Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 2
White-throated Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 11

The CMBO walk at Jakes Landing had 6 Bald Eagles, including 1 Adult, 1 4th year, 2 3rd year, who were chasing each other all over the sky, and 2 unaged immatures. The highlight of the evening was not avian. There was a dolphin or porpoise seen in Dennis Creek heading out toward the Bay. A lone Short-eared Owl was hunting across the creek. There were 4 American Woodcock displaying, and while we were enjoying that, a Great Horned Owl flew over twice to check us out.

Location: Jake's Landing
Number of species: 16
American Black Duck 25
Green-winged Teal 4
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 6
Northern Harrier 12
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Clapper Rail X
Wilson's Snipe 2
American Woodcock 4
Herring Gull X
Great Horned Owl 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Northern Cardinal X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark 12"

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