Saturday, September 10, 2016

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, September 10, 2016

Eight club members met at the sanctuary in hopes of seeing some migration action, but the cold fronts have not moved through yet to bring any warblers, vireos, and the like to the woodlands and edges of the property.  Nevertheless, we did have some endearing sightings like this young Red-tailed Hawk that buzzed us repeatedly during the first part of our walk.  Thanks to Terry MacAskill for the great photos.

With almost no water in the panne, bird sightings from the blinds were limited.  Virtually no shorebirds were present and the main action came from frogs jumping onto the mud from the small pool near the east blind.  At the mud flats along the River loop, Least Sandpipers were seen foraging, but were hard to pick out. Much to our amusement, a Great Blue Heron went strolling down the boardwalk in front of us. Two Northern Harriers were tumbling through the air seen from Fox Hill, and one later was seen cruising over the fields.  Tree Swallows, Grey Catbirds, Northern Mockingbirds, and Starlings were seen abundantly everywhere.

14 Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
3 Mallard
2 Wild Turkey
4 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
2 Northern Harrier
3 Red-tailed Hawk
7 Least Sandpiper
24 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
7 Eastern Phoebe
11 Blue Jay
30 American Crow
100 Tree Swallow
15 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
10 American Robin
22 Gray Catbird
12 Northern Mockingbird
150 European Starling
4 Song Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Common Grackle
30 Brown-headed Cowbird
5 House Finch
16 American Goldfinch
12 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 31

Sally Avery

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