Saturday, May 16, 2015

Howard Christensen Field Trip Report

Five of us enjoyed Greg Swanson's guided tour of the Howard Christensen Nature Center this morning.  

Of 49 bird species, we found only seven warblers (Blue-winged, Nashville, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush and Common Yellow-throat).  Not even a Yellow!  And no bluebirds!

Notables included the waterthrush, Ruffed Grouse, Common Raven and Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Others were Green Heron, Red-shouldered Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Great Crested Flycatcher (vocalizing all over the property, including a pair at their nest), Veery, Wood Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager.

That's the least-blurry tanager photo.  Greg suggested I post the blurriest as a Vermillion Flycatcher:

And if you believed that, then you'll also believe that these are birds:

Suffice that we enjoyed everything from snails to frogs to pigs (Penelope) this beautiful spring morning.

- Ric