Bald Knob NWR 8/3/2008

It was supposed to get to 104 F today so I decided to keep this short. Arrived at 8:30, it was 85 F. The ponds on Coal Chute Road were the best place today. Left at 10:45, it was 95 F.

Species encountered:
• Black-necked Stilt
• Greater Yellowlegs
• Semi-palmated Sandpiper
• Buff-breasted Sandpiper
• Long-billed Dowitcher
• Pectoral Sandpiper
• Mourning Dove
• Eastern Kingbird
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Northern Mockingbird
• Barn Swallow
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Great Blue Heron
• Killdeer
• Great Egret
• Little Blue Heron
• Snowy Egret
• Canada Goose
• Indigo Bunting
• Northern Cardinal
• Common Yellowthroat

Burns Park / Cook’s Landing 8/21/2008

Arrived at 7:10 AM. Parked at the western end of Burns Park since that was much more convenient for the target. My target bird was the Painted Bunting reported in the mile 6.0 – mile 6.25 region of the River Trail. I heard something that sounded similar to the Painted Bunting right there but after 40 minutes got no sight of the bird. Walked the River Trail to Campbell Lake Trail to Isabella Jo Trail back to the River Trail and back to the car. Finished at 9 AM.

Species encountered:
• Great Blue Heron
• Canada Goose
• Blue Jay
• Eastern Kingbird
• Northern Mockingbird
• Northern Cardinal
• American Crow
• Fish Crow
• Mourning Dove
• Killdeer
• Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
• Carolina Chickadee
• Red-tailed Hawk
• Red-bellied Woodpecker
• White-eyed Vireo
• Downy Woodpecker
• Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
• Carolina Wren
• Eastern Meadowlark
• Indigo Bunting
• Belted Kingfisher
• Pileated Woodpecker
• Eastern Towhee

Emerald Park 7/12/2008

Arrived at 7:22 and met Karen & Dottie. It was already 78F so it will be a scorcher. First we did Emerald Park then we moved to the bottom of the quarry for round two. Left the area at 10:20.

Species seen or heard:

Emerald Park:

  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Crow
  • American Robin
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Chimney Swift
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-tailed Hawk
  • Pine Warbler
  • Tufted Titmouse

Quarry section of River Trail:

  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Fish Crow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • American Robin
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Great Blue Heron