Saturday, May 23, 2009

Belleplain By Bicycle- Kentucky Warblers and Cicadas

Michael O'Brien just sent along the following note, detailing a highly productive bike ride through Belleplain State Forest this morning:

"Louise and I had a nice bike ride in Belleplain today and found it to be quite birdy, despite getting a latish start. A highlight was 4 singing Kentucky Warblers (we saw one of them), all on Sunset Road. As far as I could tell, the only migrant was a single American Redstart. We were a little surprised to hear the widespread drone of periodical cicadas. I finally gave up on counting them but heard over 50 individuals. This is obviously a different brood than the major emergence of 2004."

They also recorded an impressive number of other breeding birds, including 62 Ovenbirds, 16 Acadian Flycatchers, 34 Eastern Wood-Pewees, 23 Yellow-throated Warblers and 16 Worm-eating Warblers.

Michael and Louise's complete list included below-

Location: Belleplain State Forest
Observation date: 5/23/09
Number of species: 54

Canada Goose 2
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 3
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Laughing Gull 230
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 34
Acadian Flycatcher 16
Eastern Phoebe 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 19
Eastern Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 13
Red-eyed Vireo 17
Blue Jay 4
Fish Crow 3
Purple Martin 1
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 40
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 33
Wood Thrush 12
American Robin 4
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 7
Blue-winged Warbler 6
Yellow-throated Warbler 23
Pine Warbler 36
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 14
American Redstart 1
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Worm-eating Warbler 16
Ovenbird 62
Louisiana Waterthrush 5
Kentucky Warbler 4
Hooded Warbler 7
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Summer Tanager 6
Scarlet Tanager 3
Eastern Towhee 15
Chipping Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 10
Common Grackle 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 33
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 3

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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