Breeding Birds at the Rea Farm - Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Two "Golden Swamp Warblers", now called Prothonotary Warblers, were singing repeatedly this morning from within the wet woods. One graced us briefly with its presence and really did look golden in the dim light of the woods. The only Eastern warbler that nests in cavities, the Prothonotary is a regular breeder at the Rea Farm which usually hosts 3-4 pair per season. More cooperative were a couple of Blue Grosbeaks and several Indigo Buntings which sat up, singing, while we got them in the scopes. A memorable sighting was of an Osprey with a stick that looked almost too big for him to carry. Though ospreys are large raptors with a wingspan of up to 6 feet, this was a really big stick, almost a log! Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Deb Payson, Cindy Bamford, & Michael McCabe.

43 species
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  1
Wild Turkey  10
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  5
Herring Gull (American)  1
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  7
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  9
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  9
Common Grackle (Purple)  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  2

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