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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Don Jones
MAY 14, 2006
HAWKINS ROAD AND BRIGHTVIEW FARM
The weather was overcast and about 55 degrees at the start. We walked to the footbridge and surprised a Louisiana Waterthrush which everyone eventually saw before it had a coronary looking for the intruder. While here a brilliant Prothonotary Warbler was very cooperative; no doubt this was the male from the nearby box that held five eggs on Thursday (per Augie Sexauer). Only 100 feet further we were entertained at close range by a Hooded Warbler. The Hooded Warbler today was singing his alternate song as much or more than the standard tawee tawee tawee TEE-O. Further down the trail a Worm-eating Warbler (seen by just a few) was totally unimpressed by the tape. We listened for Acadian Flycatcher near Little Creek to no avail. How ventriloqual Yellow-billed Cuckoo is was clearly demonstrated on the way out as we looked about 70 feet out for a singing bird that finally flushed from directly above us. As a first time bonus for this itinerary Rick Mellon provided botanical information and a discussion of rushes and sedges. I will be dividing his daily fee among all the participants when I receive it. For the third successive year we dipped on Kentucky Warbler-where have they gone?
Bright View Farm provided the usual grassland and edge birds-Boblink, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, and both orioles. We nearly completed the second year in a row without a seen Grasshopper Sparrow (whereupon the leader would likely be fired by DVOC or at the bare minimum his stipend severely reduced). After walking the fields for 1 1/2 hours unsuccessfully listening for the beastie, one took pity on us as we were saying our good-byes and appeared near the visitor sign-in box providing everyone with a long, close and superb look.
Thanks to all who joined the foray. By my count we totaled 51 species for the day-somewhat low for the trip although migrants were totally absent as on the previous day during a NAMC. Misses for the day included Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Kingbird. If you find any omissions please let me know ([email protected]).
Great Blue Heron, B