Saturday, November 8, 2014

Birding on Broadmeade Walk

Last weekend on Sunday morning was the monthly group bird walk. We had a large turnout of 17 people who met at the Parmer Village pond. Here's a brief rundown of a few highlights.

There was a single waterfowl in the pond, this American Coot. You can see its red eye in this photo:

American Coot

Near the last dam on the creek we were treated to a group of at least 6 Northern Flickers. I've never seen this many together before, and I suspect it was a small group migrating south together. Soon afterwards Barry Noret took this photo of the group that I couldn't resist including. I'm the one in the middle bending over the spotting scope:

Bird Walk Group

In the woods by the last dam we encountered a fun mixed-species foraging flock of birds that included winter-resident species Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Orange-crowned Warbler. We were also able to coax out a few White-throated Sparrows by playing a recording of their song.

All in all we spent over two hours on the trail and found 35 species of birds. Here's our complete list.

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