- On Saturday morning Moria and I found all 5 expected woodpecker species on that short stretch of Lake Creek Trail between Braes Valley and the footbridge. These were Downy, Ladder-backed, Red-bellied, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (a nice male) and Northern Flicker. Above is a picture I got of the male Downy Woodpecker we saw. Moria got a great shot of this same bird caught in mid air.
- On Sunday morning in the marsh by the Parmer bridge I tried to see or hear the Virginia Rail I found there a few weeks ago, but it never responded to the recording I played. I did hear a Marsh Wren, saw a Common Yellowthroat, and saw 3 Swamp Sparrows. Here is one of the Swamp Sparrows:
- Also by the marsh I heard the first Cricket Frogs I've heard this year.
- A little upstream our 2 largest year-round resident birds were almost side-by-side -- a Great Blue Heron and a Great Egret. I got this photo:
- By the last dam on the creek this Osprey flew right over me a couple times:
- In the pond above the next dam was a nice variety of wild ducks, including Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, and Gadwall.
- That afternoon in my backyard (just like the GBBC intended!) I was surprised to see 17 Ring-billed Gulls fly over, heading north. Then the north wind started blowing and I went inside!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I ended up submitting 4 checklists to the Great Backyard Bird Count (and eBird) from the neighborhood, all on Saturday and Sunday. My girlfriend Moria and I birded Lake Creek Trail on Saturday morning for about 2.5 hours. We started at the Braes Valley parking lot and found 36 species. That evening we took a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood and submitted the birds we saw. Sunday morning I spent about 3 hours birding Lake Creek Trail starting at the Parmer Village end and found 48 species. And that afternoon I spent about a half hour birding in my actual back yard before the cold front blew in. Here are some highlights:
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