Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stratford Point birds 10/4

Take a look at the great list of 51 species I was able to tally at Stratford Point today despite (and in some cases because of) the foggy and showery conditions.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Egret 
Snowy Egret 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 
Cooper's Hawk 
Black-bellied Plover 
American Oystercatcher 
Laughing Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull (American) 
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern 
Forster's Tern 
Black Skimmer 
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 
American Kestrel 
Eastern Phoebe 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tufted Titmouse 
Carolina Wren 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Common Yellowthroat 
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 
Field Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

That is a nice mix of residents, expected migrants, and rare sights, with the Caspian Tern passing directly over the point about 30 feet off the ground over my head. These birds and many more could be seen this weekend during the Great Stratford Bird Festival as Stratford Point will be open for much of the time. Please come visit and enjoy the birds, join a walk, and browse through what will be on display.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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