Thursday, June 13, 2013

June Bird Walk at Commons Ford Praire, June 9, 2013

The prairie has sprung to life this month, thanks to the plentiful spring showers and summer sun. The native grasses and forbs are providing ample forage for birds, and they are taking full advantage of it! On June 9, ten determined birders, led by Craig Rasmussen, braved the summer rain out at Commons Ford Park for the monthly bird walk.  37 species were sighted, with highlights including eastern bluebirds, summer tanagers, blue grosbeaks, ash-throated flycatchers, painted buntings, lesser goldfinches and northern parulas.

Here is a full list of species seen:

6 Wood Ducks
1 Northern Bobwhite
2 Wild Turkey
2 Great Blue Heron
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red Tailed Hawk
5 White-winged Dove
3 Mourning Dove
3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Greater Roadrunner
3 Great Horned Owl
6 Chimney Swift
7 Black-chinned Hummingbird
4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
10 Eastern Phoebe
3 Ash-throated flycatcher
2 Western Kingbird
6 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
5 White-eyed Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
15 Barn Swallow
6 Carolina Chickadee
10 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Bewick's Wren
5 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
4 Northern Mockingbird
2 Northern Parula
8 Larksparrow
10 Northern Cardinal
2 Blue Grosbeak
7 Painted Bunting
18 Great-tailed Grackle
5 Brown Headed Cowbird
2 Orchard Oriole
2 House Finch
10 Lesser Goldfinch

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