Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Last Western Waterfront Trail spring Warbler Walk

Optimistic little wren trying to get this stick in the nest hole,

And succeeding.

Warbling Vireo nest

Common Yellowthroat

Rarest bird of the day--Common Moorhen!

What a great morning--an amazing testament to spring hormones and making babies. We watched orioles and wrens mating (boy are wrens quick!), a Warbling Vireo, House Wren, and Baltimore Oriole each working on a nest, one family of 5 tiny baby geese and another of 4 slightly older baby geese, a pair of Bald Eagles sitting out resting from what we assumed were parental responsibilities, twitterpated Hairy Woodpeckers--all in all, spring was definitely in the air! Our list of 44 species:

Canada Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Moorhen
Semipalmated Plover
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Common Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow