Thursday, April 23, 2009

Birding Prospect

Green heron, great blue heron, great egret, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, black vulture, red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, American coot, mallard duck, ruddy duck, ring-necked duck, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, winter wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, mourning dove, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, ruby-crowned kinglet, hermit thrush, American robin, gray catbird, red-winged blackbird, blue jay, American crow, blue-headed vireo, northern parula, northern waterthrush, Louisiana waterthrush, black and white warbler, pine warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, palm warbler, swamp sparrow, song sparrow, chipping sparrow, white-throated sparrow, house sparrow, starling, rock pigeon. Five of these were first of the year for me: black vulture, seen over the Lullwater. I was chatting with a very experienced birder, but I spotted this one first. He, on the other hand, pointed out the parula, which was actually below us (they often hunt at the canopy level). The blue-headed vireo was near the Maryland Monument; I did two different passes around the butterfly meadow looking for the yellow-throated warbler that was reported yesterday, but didn't see it. The green heron was flushed from the area near the swan nest. The northern waterthrush was in the Vale, thanks to another birder for cluing me in. There was a Louisiana in the Ravine, and I thinking I'm getting the hang of distinguishing them.
Tree ear/wood ear mushrooms, I think.
The Vale looks good this time of year.

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