Was out of the hospital this weekend and decided against going out of state (just wasn’t feeling up to it) so I decided to stay in town and survey instead. I ended up walking 12 miles for this survey-now I feel like outta state would’ve been a walk in the park! Still enjoyed it though!
Survey by number of individuals seen at one time.
As the light started to appear I decided to make a run to Sherman at its best time. There was frost on the ground and your breath in the air as I walked over. There were no real highlights, all birds just normal. Results-
Sherman Marsh and Fields——7:15-7:45 am—–mostly sunny
Blue Jay—1—below average
Song Sparrow—4—slightly below average
Swamp Sparrow—2—slightly below average
House Sparrow—10—above average
The average is dependent on own self-opinion from visits past at this time of year. Also, was only able to survey half of Sherman as the town was doing some work on the other.
My next stop of the morning was Ash Creek where I was able to record decent waterfowl numbers. The highlights were a very large, mixed-foraging flock and some nice Hooded Mergansers. Results-
Ash Creek Highlights—–10:10-11:10am—–mostly sunny
Canada Goose—1—way below average
American Black Duck—15—average
Hooded Merganser—8—above average
‘Domestic Goose’—2—new for Ash Creek, never seen at this location
Double-crested Cormorant—2—just below average
Great Blue Heron—1—average (overall heron numbers below average)
Lesser Yellowlegs—4—above average
Herring Gull—7—slightly above average
Rock Pigeon—3—above average
Mourning Dove—3—slightly above average
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker—2—above average
Black-capped Chickadee—5—above average
American Robin—5—below average
Savannah Sparrow—2—above average (low numbers of this species for some reason at this location)
Song Sparrow—3—below average
4 Hoodies and a Lesser Yellowlegs
One of the 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers present
Nice, stable BD numbers
The average is dependent on own self-opinion from visits past at this time of year. Heron numbers seemed low-I think Black-crowned Nigh-Heron was missing……..?
After Ash Creek I made a quick visit to Jenning’s Beach. 3 Nice Horned Grebes close to shore. Results-
Jenning’s Beach—–11:15-11:30—–mostly sunny
The grebes were a nice surprise. Never birded Jenning’s for more than a month (this is a new spot for me-unlike the others) so there were no averages.
My last stop of the day was South Pine Creek. It was quiet at first but had a big influx of numbers at the end! Highlights were 2 hawk species, a Great Egret, and an huge sparrow flock. Results-
South Pine Creek—–11:40am-1:00pm—–mostly sunny
Mourning Dove—4—slightly below average
Black-capped Chickadee—1—below average
Cedar Waxwing—20—above average
White-throated Sparrow—20—above average
American Goldfinch—3—below average
House Finch—1—below average
A very nice, strong Buck, one of the nonbirding highlights
juv. Cedar Waxwing
The average is dependent on own self-opinion from visits past at this time of year. The area was absolutely devoid of ducks-and gulls-and house sparrows. Very odd…………
Late this morning I visited the last spot, the Audubon Larsen Sanctuary. Because of my CT Warbler on the last visit I had high hopes for this stop. Results-
CT Audubon, Larsen Sanctuary—–11:50-1:30pm—–Sunny
American Black Duck—6—slightly above average
Mallard x American Black Duck—1—hybrid-no average for
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker—1—below average
Black-capped Chickadee—2—below average
White-breasted Nuthatch—1—below average
Cedar Waxwing—1—below average
White-throated Sparrow—1—below average
Dark-eyed Junco—6—below average
Painted Turtle-nice nonbirding highlight
White-throated Sparrow, numbers of this bird seemed low during the Audubon survey
Mallard, one of the many present
The average is dependent on own self-opinion from visits past at this time of year. I feel like I missed a bunch of birds here but then again when I was present it seemed like the whole world was walking the trails! Could this be the whole reason-no, but I think some of it has to do with it.
A very nice two days for a survey. Saw some nice birds and was able to get out!
As always comments very welcome.