Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob Bowles(no subject)

Yesterday Ian Cannell and I spent the morning and part of the afternoon in the Carden Alvar / Kirkfield area and among the 101 species we found were some of the following high lights.

First off at the Sedge Wren Marsh we too heard and also saw one of the Yellow Rails discovered by Jay Peterson on Monday evening. We heard and saw the rail on the east side of the road just north of the bridge.

Some of the other birds we found while up there were Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, American Bitterns, Green Heron, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teals, Wood Ducks, Ospreys, N. Harrier, Broad-winged Hawk, Wild Turkeys, Virginia Rails, Soras, Upland Sandpipers, many Snipe, Woodcock, Nighthawks, Whip-poor-wills, Y-b Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Alder and Great Crested Flycatchers, Raven, House, Sedge and Marsh Wrens, E. Bluebirds, Veery and Wood Thrushes, many Brown Thrashers, Loggerhead Shrikes, Blue-headed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, 17 1/2 Warbler species including Golden-winged, Brewster’s (the 1/2), Tennessee, Pine, Blackpoll and Canada and many Ovenbirds, and 13 N. Waterthrush, Scarlet tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Towhees, Field, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows, many Bobolinks, Purple Fiches and Baltimore Orioles and on the way home a fly over Bald Eagle and Cooper’s Hawk.

We met Jay Peterson on Wylie Road and he informed us that he had found Blue-winged, Blackburnian and Cape may Warblers making it at least 20 1/2 Warbler species in the area yesterday.

Caution:- If going to the Alvar / Kirkfield areas be aware that this is Black Fly season and we did encounter many of these little pests and though we did not encounter many Mosquitos or Deer Flies that may have been because of the cool day but if it ever warms up this spring then these two will also be present in numbers.


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