Sunday, July 26, 2009

Prescott Peninsula Breeding Bird Atlas Saturday

I spent a few hours saturday morning in Prescott surveying for the breeding bird atlas. I went less than half way down the Peninsula and concentrated most of my time in one block. Yet again some great stuff to be seen. I tracked down a group of three Evening Grosbeaks which were feeding in a large group of pines. The odd thing with this group is that it included a juvenile Rose Breasted Grosbeak which appeared to be following them around from tree to tree. The Rose Breasted seemed to be begging from one of the adult male Evening Grosbeaks but the Evening Grosbeak wanted nothing to do with him. It was strange behavior indeed. I also heard and then briefly saw two Red Crossbills. The lighting was bad and the fog didn't help. I was unable to determine age, etc of the birds. These were a few miles north of were I had a female feeding juveniles earlier this season. I also found groups of warblers that appeared to be forming into mix species feeding groups. Some truly fabulous looks at the various species of various ages. Again many juvenile birds were around including great looks at a Broad winged Hawk. The amount of song continues to drop off but a few birds still continue. Also had a Red Tailed Hawk perched in a small apple tree which took off as I approached and I managed a quick shot as it flew off.


Wood Duck 4 one female, three ducklings
Mallard 1
Hooded Merganser 8
Great Blue Heron 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1 juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 11
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 5 feeding young
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 one juvenile
Alder Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 7
Eastern Kingbird 7
Blue-headed Vireo 8
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 48 a few juveniles
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 155
Black-capped Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 4
House Wren 5 three juveniles
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Veery 4
Hermit Thrush 7 all singing
Wood Thrush 6
American Robin 39
Gray Catbird 34
Cedar Waxwing 34
Nashville Warbler 1 juvenile
Yellow Warbler 2 feeding young
Chestnut-sided Warbler 12 several juveniles
Magnolia Warbler 9
Black-throated Blue Warbler 9 three juveniles
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 9 a few juveniles
Blackburnian Warbler 3 feeding young
Pine Warbler 9 feeding young
Black-and-white Warbler 5
American Redstart 5
Ovenbird 4 one juvenile, one bird still calling
Common Yellowthroat 41
Scarlet Tanager 6
Eastern Towhee 41
Chipping Sparrow 9
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 11
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 2 feeding young
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 one juvenile bird following group of evening grosbeaks.
Indigo Bunting 7 all males calling
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Purple Finch 2
Red Crossbill 2 calling, seen in flight, lighting too bad to see if there was a juvenile
American Goldfinch 9
Evening Grosbeak 4 one single and a group of three togetherThis report was generated

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