Birds of Belleplain – May 5, 2021

Leaders: Shaun Bamford, Bert Hixon, Lynn Pollard



Weather Conditions:

Scintillating Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, territorial and aglow in the morning light, greeted participants of this mornings ‘Birds of Belleplain State Forest’ excursion. Other highlights included point-blank, lingering views of an obliging territorial male Prairie Warbler, Baltimore Oriole and busy Eastern Bluebird parents. One such bluebird pair were attending a brood in a box that was re-mounted after the April 22 windstorm had knocked it down when it contained two eggs. This determined pair now has FIVE eggs in their nest. Hope springs eternal!

59 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)  2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  8

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  2

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  8

Accipiter sp. (Accipiter sp.)  1

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  3

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)  3

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  4

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  3

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  5

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1

Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  2

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  2

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  3

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  3

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  4

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  7

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  3

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  4

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  3

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  5

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  2

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)  5

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  2

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  2

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2