Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22 Field Trip Report

Twenty people spent this morning at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve birding the trails and watching Brian Johnson band birds at the pavilion.

All told 51 bird species were observed (my eBird list below plus these by others: Great Horned Owl, Semipalmated Plover, Palm Warbler, House Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Mute Swan, Swainson's Thrush and Purple Finch.)

Species banded by Brian posted in purple.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus/scolopaceus)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  20
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  40
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  20
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

- Ric Pedler