Saturday, October 2, 2010

Arcadia meadows at dawn

Eastern Towhee

I made a trip over to Arcadia Meadows starting at dawn, staying for a bit under two hours. The north winds of last night cleared out many warblers and vireos but brought in many sparrows. I only had a limited time to explore this large area and missed many spots but still had large numbers of various species. The day started off with at least five American Woodcocks flying around and calling at dawn. It was more like a spring morning then a fall one. An Eastern Screech Owl calling back to me was the next exciting event. Now for the sparrows. Here is a list of sparrows and grassland birds for the morning and the numbers are minimums.

Eastern Towhee 1
Savannah Sparrow 76 minimum count
Song Sparrow 102 minimum count, likely many, many more
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 44
White-crowned Sparrow 7 no adults
Bobolink 5

Also had some raptor activity with a Bald Eagle, Kestrel, at least three Cooper's and at least two Northern Harriers.

Although many warblers have moved on I still managed seven species for the morning.

Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Palm Warbler 8
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 13


  1. Nice shot of the female Eastern Towhee! Nice focus on the eye. Sounds like a very productive day - but then most of your's are :-)

  2. Thanks. It was a productive day...lots of good stuff