Willow Beach Park 6/27/2009

I hadn’t visited Willow Beach park in many years and couldn’t remember anything about it but once I got there it started to look familiar.  My target bird was Bell’s Vireo, hoping to add it to my year list. I drove down to the end of the picnic area where Mel White’s book said to look for them.  I walked around for an hour and saw a fair amount but no target bird.  I had a full schedule for Saturday so I couldn’t stay long, so I headed back with my window open.  Before I got far, I heard a suspect sound and got out quick.  Sure enough, there was a Bell’s Vireo in a tree.  Before I could try for a picture though, he and another unseen took off together.

*=First of year

Species seen or heard:

  • Bell’s Vireo *
  • Mourning Dove
  • Purple Martin
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Dickcissel
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Blue Jay
  • Indigo Bunting
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Fish Crow
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Northern Cardinal
  • eastern Towhee
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Green Heron
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Barn Swallow
  • Common Grackle
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Northern Parula
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe

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