April 29, 2009
We had quite a heat wave earlier this week, and it seems to have prompted a sudden rush of migrating birds. It's hard to squeeze in time for birding, but I have managed to do the bare minimum as the peak spring migration season has arrived. Rather than describe each outing, I'll simply list the first-of-season sightings, and then show the e-Bird report from the only extensive birding trek I've done this past week.
CORRECTION: The Blue-headed Vireo I previously included in the above list (Apr. 28) was not a first-of-year sighting.
Location: Peaks of Otter Recreation Area Observation date: 4/28/09 Number of species: 26 Turkey Vulture 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Blue-headed Vireo 5 Red-eyed Vireo 3 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 2 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 4 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 4 Northern Mockingbird 1 Black-and-white Warbler 3 American Redstart 1 Worm-eating Warbler 2 Ovenbird 6 Hooded Warbler 2 Scarlet Tanager 3 Eastern Towhee 5 Song Sparrow 3 Northern Cardinal 4 Boat-tailed Grackle 6 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)
Note that the Broad-winged hawk listed above was seen a few miles west of the Peaks of Otter, that same day.