Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Stratford Point bird walk results

I pushed back the April bird walk at Stratford Point one week because of the anticipated foggy conditions for the 21st. It turned out that yes, the fog did roll in right when the bird walk would have been happening, and we would not have been able to see much that was not right in front of us. I did not expect that we would still be dealing with cooler than average weather after a wet week right now.

Even more strange was the fact that the coast has been without many migrant birds whatsoever due to the weather conditions keeping nocturnal migration to a minimum. Birds have been evenly distributed across the landscape and not in any "hotspots", making some trips through extensive forest productive with low numbers of a variety of species, but any visits to smaller locations that typically have budding trees dripping with warblers and vireos rather quiet.

Despite that, here is what the visitors and I were able to come up with at Stratford Point today.

Canada Goose 
Mute Swan 
American Black Duck 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Common Loon 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Egret 
Black-bellied Plover 
American Oystercatcher
Laughing Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull 
Mourning Dove 
Northern Flicker 
Blue Jay  
American Crow 
Fish Crow 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
Barn Swallow 
American Robin  
Northern Mockingbird 
Brown Thrasher 
European Starling 
Chipping Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Common Grackle 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

By Tuesday morning we should have more normal conditions with birds covering all of the expected areas en masse after being held back actually beyond their typical return dates. We are all prey to the weather at this point of the year. Look for more bird walks coming up very soon.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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