Saturday, June 15, 2013

Prescott Peninsula and gate 12

Moose, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
Meadow with Moose (right, rear), Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
White tailed Deer, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
Common Yellowthroat, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
Beaver pond on Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013

Common Yellowthroat carrying food, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
Song Sparrow, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013
Song Sparrow, Prescott Peninsula, June 15, 2013

Finally had a day with no rain at all. Nothing but deep blue skies, low humidity and a slight breeze with temperatures near 80. I woke up with a headache so wasn't really sure if I was going to go out at all but I decided to head out and try it. My first stop was up to gate 12 but the area was oddly windy which made hearing some stuff difficult and I had little activity in the 20 minutes I was there.  Given that the forecast was for light winds I decided the area must be an anomaly so I decided to go elsewhere. The 'elsewhere' ended up being the permit only Prescott Peninsula. I have been wanting to get some of my field surveys done up there so I figured I was already half way there and I was feeling better so I might as well continue to the peninsula. I made it in there a bit after six and only stayed for about two and a half  hours covering several field complexes on the northern part of the peninsula. Lots of good breeding birds around as well as a nice show of mammals with Moose, White tailed Deer (which came crashing through a field right at me and then turned away once it saw me) and Coyote. I have included the entire eBird list below.

Prescott Peninsula,

Hooded Merganser  1   female
Ruffed Grouse  1     Drumming
Wild Turkey  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1     Unusual here, calling overhead
Mourning Dove  3
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4     all four together
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  6     Minimum
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder Flycatcher  2
Least Flycatcher  10
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Blue-headed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  43     Most heard, likely many more
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  22     Minimum
Hermit Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  6
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  16
Cedar Waxwing  20
Ovenbird  19
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  34    
American Redstart  24
Magnolia Warbler  5
Blackburnian Warbler  4
Yellow Warbler  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler  23    
Black-throated Blue Warbler  10
Pine Warbler  11
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  8
Eastern Towhee  18    
Chipping Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  9
Swamp Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
Purple Finch  3

The rest of the day I caught up on work around the yard and enjoyed the great weather. 

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