This is the first time I’ve done a trip with the HMBC and it was a pleasure. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful autumn day, though it started with the first frost of the season. Car windows needed scraping!
Sparrows were the stars of the day. White-crowned and White-throats were everywhere, though the WTs didn’t have their full song going yet. Two Flickers perched on a snag head-bobbing, neck-stretching, and yipping to one another. It was a good woodpecker day, with Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Pileated and the aforementioned Flickers seen or heard. We also saw my first Brown Creeper in several years. It gave us a good show highlighted in the sun.
Add a new bird to my life list– the Blue-headed Vireo! Admittedly, most of what I got was a concentrated look at its belly at tree-top level, but vireos in general are hard to distinguish. I’ll work on their songs this winter.
My last bird of the day was a Kestrel perched at a nearby marsh, but I’m starting to doubt that ID. My neighbor saw and photographed a Merlin at the same spot last week, and I’m thinking the bird was larger and more gray than a Kestrel. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled when I’m in the area.
The group split up and as a whole saw some 45 species, but I didn’t see that many. It was still quite a productive day, especially for the time of year!
Blue Jay, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Canada Goose, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Finch, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Belted Kingfisher, Mourning Dove, House Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Hairy Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Carolina Wren, Tree Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Mockingbird.
39 species between 5 Rivers and home, 4 new to this list, 1 life bird!