Sunday, May 8, 2011

Beckham Bird Club: Joe Creason Park

Barbara Woerner led a field trip to Joe Creason Park today and it was a blast.  Dense fog greeted us as we began the trip but it gradually lifted as the day went on.  Warblers were falling off the trees and everyone in attendance got great looks at several birds.  We barely made it out of the parking lot for the first two hours of the field trip.  A big willow tree next to the parking lot had so many good birds we stood and watched it for almost an hour.  Below are some of the birds we saw in the one tree alone.

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Least Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

Eastern Wood Peewee
Eastern Wood Peewee

Cape May Warblers were in abundance foraging in the Spruce trees for bugs and caterpillars.  Several were seen in the Spruces along the road back to the Metro Administration Building.  Everyone was very helpful in trying to get me good looks at this bird so I could get a photograph.  I got a couple decent snaps but the overcast sky tends to wash out the detail in the bird's plumage.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

Here are a few random birds from the walk.

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

American Robin
American Robin

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

We made out way to the bridge over Beargrass Creek where we saw a nesting pair of Eastern Phoebes and a very cooperative American Redstart.  The phoebes must have a nest under the bridge because they kept coming and going from the same branch.  They would fly from the branch to the underside of the bridge with a mouthful of bugs, and then from the bridge to the branch with their beaks empty.  A telltale sign that they have a nest and are feeding young.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe with food on way to nest

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe without food after flying to bridge

A male American Redstart was foraging very close to the bridge, coming within a few feet at times.

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart
American Redstart

I want to thank Barbara for putting us on some great birds.  A total of 74 birds (20 species of warblers) were seen in about four hours.  Warblers seen that I didn't get pictures of are: Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Canada, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, several Nashville, Black-and-White, Blackpoll, Palm, Ovenbird, and apparently four more I can't remember!

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1 comments:

Marissa ♥ said...

Great captures!

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