Pine City NA, Louisiana Purchase SP, Saul’s Fish Farm 5/30/2009

I started the day by going to Pine City Natural Area to check out the Red-cockaded Woodpecker habitat.  I wouldn’t turn down a RCW if I saw one but I knew it was late in the season and was not expecting it.  I found the area and walked around.  The area to the north of Highway 86 was quickly submerged so I didn’t get to go far there.  I talked to Dennis who had seen 5 RCWs there 2 years ago and I think I located the habitat where he found them but it looked like private property so I didn’t go further.

On the way back I stopped at LPSP to walk the boardwalk.  It was very noisy and if I knew my bird calls better I would have come home with more.  Still being fairly earlier, it was dark inside the swamp.  I got fleeting glimpses of birds but mostly I had to identify them by call.

Finally, I decided to go to Saul’s as an excuse to try out my new spotting scope, a Meade ETX-90.  I’ve never seen Saul’s deader but the scope worked quite well and I did see two Ruddy Ducks (male & female) and two first of year Black Terns.

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*=First of Year

Species seen or heard at Pine City NA:

  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Crow
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Mourning Dove
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Great Egret
  • Canada Goose
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Little Blue Heron

Species seen or heard at Louisiana Purchase SP:

  • Common Grackle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Carolina Wren
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Indigo Bunting

Species seen or heard at Saul’s:

  • Black Tern *
  • European Starling
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Ruddy Duck
  • American Crow

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