The Audubon Society field trip to Brookville Reservoir today looked like it might be a bust if the predicted weather forecast came to fruition. I am glad to say it did not. Skies were overcast but we didn’t have a drop of rain and the strongest winds didn’t occur until the trip was over.
Only 6 hardy birders threw caution to the winds (pun intended) and showed up for the trip. All things considered we had a great day. Highlights included Snow Goose, Peregrine Falcon 300 Sandhill Cranes and large numbers of Bonaparte’s Gulls and Hooded Mergansers. Thanks to Joe Bens, Chris Moran, Darlena Graham, Heather Farrington and Larry Bowdre for their contributions to a fun day and great birding. Joe and I went over the list and we may have missed something others had, but our trip list total stands at 57 species.
Birds observed today were as follows: Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 160, Gadwall 3, Mallard 15, Redhead 18, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 260, Ruddy Duck 3, Wild Turkey 7, Common Loon 9, Pied-billed Grebe 22, Double-crested Cormorant 17, Great Blue Heron 16, Black Vulture 100, Turkey Vulture 50~, Bald Eagle 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 8, American Kestrel 3, Peregrine Falcon 1, American Coot 45, Sandhill Crane 300+, Killdeer 3, Dunlin 7, Bonaparte’s Gull 3,500, Ring-billed Gull 500, Rock Pigeon 20, Mourning Dove 65, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 8, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 90, Horned Lark 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 (very late, good looks), Carolina Chickadee 10~, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 6, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Eastern Bluebird 9, American Robin 30, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 250, Cedar Waxwing 45, Song Sparrow 4, White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 10+, Northern Cardinal 8, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Rusty Blackbird 15, Common Grackle 10, House Finch 15, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 8.