Spring Birding at the Garrett Family Preserve – June 24, 2023

Leaders: Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 67°F

Winds:   S 7 mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy and slight fog

It was a lovely morning full of much birdsong. In the parking lot we were able to compare Prairie Warbler and Field Sparrow. Walking along the railroad tracks we had brief sightings of Blue Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler, and Indigo Bunting. We stopped at the pond area and were treated to top notch looks at several Black-crowned Night-herons, both juvenile and adults. Further along at the blind several Chimney Swifts were feeding very low over the grasses. The clouds and fog apparently kept the insects low for them to feed.

Later the Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Yellow-breasted Chat were sitting up and singing and lastly as we approached the parking lot the Northern Mockingbird was going through it’s full rendition from atop the utility pole.

38 species

Species Count
Mallard 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 18
Clapper Rail 2
Laughing Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Forster’s Tern 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 6
Osprey 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
Purple Martin 3
Carolina Wren 6
European Starling 22
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 30
House Finch 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 5
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 20
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 4
Northern Cardinal 10
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 4