- We started off in the Braes Valley parking lot of Lake Creek Trail watching a mixed flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds and female Red-winged Blackbirds. We were surprised and very interested to see a Brown-headed Cowbird bow its head and get preened by one of the blackbirds. The cowbird actually followed the blackbird around, bowing its head and the blackbird kept preening it. I got this poor photo. You can see the slight difference in bill shapes between the 2 species.
- A little further down the trail we watched a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks adding nesting material to their nest in someone's backyard across the creek.
- We saw 3 species of woodpeckers on the walk. We first heard and then saw a male Downy Woodpecker, then a male Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Later in the woods we found a bright male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and we watched it forage by flying to several fresh rows of holes it had created on tree trunks.
- A few of us walked across the playing fields to find Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon, and 6 Greater Yellowlegs on the creek. On our way back we saw this Great Egret in its breeding plumage.
- At 10:15 back by the cars there were about 10 Cave Swallows flying overhead.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
NASWC Bird Walk
11 folks participated in the NASWC Bird Walk this morning. It was dark, overcast and a little cold, but the rain held off and we had a great time finding 44 species of birds. Here are the highlights.
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