Spring Birding at Garrett Family Preserve – June 8, 2024

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon, Alan Crawford, Barry Hershfeld.

Temp: 68°F

Winds: W 13 mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

The breeding Yellow-breasted Chats were very evident this morning at Garrett, with their odd calls audible all over the property. We had scope views of three of them and one did a brief flight display as it crossed the field. Orchard Orioles, an obvious breeder there in recent years, have been quite scarce this year but this week we did manage to spot two of them despite their silence. Prairie Warblers, Field Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats are still singing, and the marsh held a large mixed flock of White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, and Snowy Egrets.

45 species

Species Count
Mallard 2
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 4
Clapper Rail 2
Willet 2
Laughing Gull 4
Herring Gull (American) 7
Forster’s Tern 2
Snowy Egret 9
Green Heron 1
Great Egret 2
White Ibis 15
Glossy Ibis 5
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey (carolinensis) 4
Osprey (carolinensis) - Roger Horn

Osprey (carolinensis) photo by Roger Horn

Osprey (carolinensis) - Roger Horn

Osprey (carolinensis) photo by Roger Horn

Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Purple Martin 4
Barn Swallow (American) 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 5
Carolina Wren (Northern) - Roger Horn

Carolina Wren (Northern) photo by Roger Horn

European Starling 7
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 10
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
Field Sparrow 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 4
Yellow-breasted Chat - Roger Horn

Yellow-breasted Chat photo by Roger Horn

Orchard Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 9
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Common Grackle 10
Common Yellowthroat 3
Prairie Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Indigo Bunting - Roger Horn

Indigo Bunting photo by Roger Horn