George Pierce Park 6/26/14

Last Thursday, I went birding at a new place, George Pierce Park. The park has a large pond with a nice board walk and trail going through and around it. The pond is so picturesque and ancient. The birding was great as well as just exploring a new place. Lists and pictures are below.

Birds (51 species, 0 lifers):

Canada Goose  15     One has a damaged or deformed maxilla.
Wood Duck  2     Came very close – probably begging behavior in anticipation of getting a snack.
Mallard  1     One unusual male. Either a young male or an adult male in eclipse plumage.
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  3     One juvenile with teardrop streaks on breast.
Killdeer  1     One note heard.
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Heard only.
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2     Possible pair.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2     Seen riding and pecking the back of a Red-shouldered Hawk.
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  20
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  15     Some juveniles in the mix.
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown-headed Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  10
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1     Mew calls heard.
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  1
Prothonotary Warbler  3     Parent had a caterpillar in bill which it fed to the juveniles.
Common Yellowthroat  5     One individual sounded like a young male singing a subsong or an adult singing an alternate song.
Northern Parula  3
Pine Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1     Heard in distance. Burrier than Summer Tanager.
Northern Cardinal  15
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  3     Heard and one male seen.
Red-winged Blackbird  40     Many male and female juveniles seen along with adults.
Common Grackle  30
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  10

Reptiles (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Common Snapping Turtle


Juvenile Female Red-winged Blackbird


Mother and Juvenile Wood Ducks


Juvenile Wood Duck


Female Wood Duck


Juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallows


Common Snapping Turtle


Great Blue Heron


Juvenile Eastern Phoebe