Saturday, July 11, 2009

Breeding Bird Atlas- Prescott

Spent four hours this morning birding the Prescott again for the breeding bird atlas. Nothing too unusual around today but still some nice birds. Managed to confirm a few more species. The most interesting sighting was of a Chimney Swift around a beaver pond miles away from any chimneys. I have had Chimney Swifts in this area for the last three years of the breeding bird atlas. As there are no chimneys for several miles in any directions I assume if they are breeding here they are using an old tree. I have looked briefly but have not had any luck. This is far from surprising given the vast area and the lack of easy access to much of it. Hopefully I will have some luck in the future. As far as non bird observations the number and variety of butterflies continues to increase and the number of bats roosting in their usual spot continues to decrease. In years past there would be dozens now its usually only a handful. Only three seen today.
I also hiked about a mile in gate 15 to try to find an Acadian Flycatcher. No luck on finding one but the area is in the midst of logging so they may not be nesting in their usual spot this year due to all the noise and activity.
In sad news some predator knocked down a bird house at the house containing the nest of a House Wren. Hopefully the wrens will try again.
Morning list.
Wood Duck 1
Hooded Merganser 6 three adults, three juveniles
Ruffed Grouse 1 adult
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 20 several juveniles
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Alder Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 12
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 6
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 7
Red-eyed Vireo 57
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 183
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Red-breasted Nuthatch 12 a few juvenilesWhite-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 15 including one group of nine together...a mix of adults and juveniles
Veery 34 several juveniles
Hermit Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 9
American Robin 35
Gray Catbird 51
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 33
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 7
Chestnut-sided Warbler 46
Magnolia Warbler 13 female carrying food
Black-throated Blue Warbler 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 13
Blackburnian Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 17
Prairie Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 18
Ovenbird 11
Common Yellowthroat 110
Canada Warbler 1 female near nest
Scarlet Tanager 6
Eastern Towhee 49
Chipping Sparrow 27
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 13
Swamp Sparrow 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 14

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