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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Don Jones

MAY 15,2004


Trip Report

The weather cooperated with only a few early morning showers and much warmer than last year’s 34 degree start although the woods at Hawkins was gloomy with relatively little song. At Hawkins everyone got good looks at Prothonotary, Hooded, Black-and-White and Blue-winged Warblers. Louisiana Waterthrush, Worm-eating Warbler and Ovenbird were heard only. Only a few of the 12 participants saw Acadian Flycatcher. A cooperative Scarlet Tanager obliged us as the last bird at Hawkins. By the time we reached Brightview Farm the sun had come out. Bobolinks were everywhere and we were treated to excellent looks at singing Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows. Thanks to Colin we had a distant scope view of Eastern Meadowlark. Both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles were seen well. Thanks to Bob Horton for finding a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that everyone enjoyed and in the same tree our only migrant of the day—a female Blackpoll. Two of the three “blue-birds” were seen—an Indigo Bunting at the power line cut on Hawkins Road and Eastern Bluebirds at Brightview. The third a Blue Grosbeak sat on a telephone wire on the leader’s trip home.

Thanks to all who joined the foray. By my count we totaled 61 species for the day not too bad for a day without migrants.

Trip List

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bank Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch