Saturday, June 21, 2014

Howard Christensen Field Trip

Greg Swanson led a group of seven around the Howard Christensen Nature Preserve this morning.  Although we counted 40 species of birds, this trip included many other forms of nature as well.

Chicken-of-the-Woods Mushroom 

A 15-inch flight feather from a big bird.  We'll check if this fits the dimensions of Common Raven which lives here.

(A quick internet check indicates that this is probably an American Crow feather.  Although it has a very pointy end (indicative of raven; crow's might be more blunt), the size isn't large enough for Common Raven.  If anyone with more knowledge has additional thoughts, please email me.  - Ric) 

A distant Blue-winged Warbler with food in its beak.

Common Whitetail Dragonflies were plentiful, often on the trail lumber.

Checking the marsh wildlife on the south side of the lake.

Painted Turtle

Dot-tailed Whiteface Dragonfly 

Chalk-fronted Corporal Dragonfly

Dragon flies mating.

Entering the Nature Center.

Donated bird mounts from one of the Kent County schools.

eBird Report
June 21, 2014
Howard Christensen Nature Center
2 miles
235 Minutes
Observers: 7
All birds reported? Yes

Comments: Greg Swanson's MCNC Field Trip

1 Mallard
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
3 Tree Swallow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 House Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Eastern Bluebird
4 Veery
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 American Redstart
3 Ovenbird
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Scarlet Tanager
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Baltimore Oriole
2 American Goldfinch