Birds of Belleplain State Forest - Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Still cold and early in the season, but some of the early warblers were singing including Pine, and Yellow-throated, which were also seen, and Louisiana Waterthrush which was only heard. Eastern Phoebe and Chipping Sparrow were also easy to find. Good scope views of an Osprey eating a large fish while perched in a tree. Leaders:  Jim Armstrong, Bert Hixon, Karl Lukens, and Patty Rourke.
37 species

Canada Goose  5
Wood Duck  1     heard
Mallard  6
Hooded Merganser  3
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2     one in tree eating fish
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  10
Herring Gull  20
Rock Pigeon  2
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue Jay  1     heard
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  4     heard
Black-and-white Warbler  2     heard
Pine Warbler  10     saw 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Yellow-throated Warbler  8     /p one seen
Eastern Towhee  1     heard
Chipping Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  5

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Yellow-throated Warbler [Photo by Karl Lukens]