Saturday, June 13, 2009

Marshlands Marsh Wrens and More

(From Great site with good photos.)

Today I took trip over to the Marshlands Conservancy, a nature center not far from my house. When I got there I learned that it was the day of the Summer Bird Counts for the area, so I ended up tallying species and individuals I saw on the walk. The Marshlands Conservancy, as I have probably said before, has a variety of habitats. I started off at the field, and quickly found a female orchard oriole, sharp-shinned hawk, and an indigo bunting. By the time I got to the water, I had seen ~10 buntings.

At the marsh, my target birds were marsh wrens and sharp-tailed sparrows. I missed on the sparrows, but as soon as I got near the reeds, I heard the unique song of the marsh wrens. I had never seen them before, only heard them, but this time I found them. There were a few, and they were right on the side of the trail, giving close, if reed-obscured, views. I counted 5 total, most or all singing. Also, a ruby throated hummingbird buzzed by over the marsh.

On the way back, I found more buntings and a nesting red-eyed vireo. It was a pretty good collection of birds for a short walk, with 31 species. This brought my marshlands list up to 77 and my year list to 189. 2 NYS birds (marsh wren, hummer), and one year bird (marsh wren) were seen.

The list:

Gray Catbird
Hairy Woodpecker
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Orchard Oriole
Tree Swallow
Indigo Bunting
Common Gracke
Mourning Dove
Barn Swallow
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Wild Turkey
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Marsh Wren
Northern Flicker
Mute Swan
Song Sparrow
Canada Goose
Red-Winged Blackbird
European Starling
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Red-Eyed Vireo
Turkey Vulture
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Good Birding,


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