Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesCarden Birds May 20th

Good Morning

Yesterday Ian Cannell took Peter Beesley and me up to bird the Carden Alvar area and during a nice warmish day we had some nice birds.

At Carden besides the common E. Kingbirds, Bobolinks, and E. Meadowlarks we found Common Loon, American Bitterns, TV's, Broad-winged Hawk, N. Harriers, Ospreys ( including nests ), Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey ( on the way home ), Virgina Rails, Soras, Common Moorhen, Sandhill Cranes, A. WoodcockS, Wilson's Snipe ( including 6 to 8 of them perched on fence posts ), Upland Sandpipers, Common Nighthawks, Y-b Sapsuckers, Least and Great Crested Flycatchers, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Cedar Waxwings, E. Bluebirds, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, House and Winter Wrens, Horned Lark, Purple Finch, Golden-winged, Nashville, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated blue, and Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Yellow and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ovenbirds, N. Waterthrushes, Swamp, White-throated, Vesper, Grasshopper, Savannah, Chipping, Field, Song and Clay-colored Sparrows, E. Towhees, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, and Baltimore Orioles plus the more usual birds up there.

We also had two very interesting sounds and sights. As soon as I opened the car door and stepped out at the Sedge Wren parking area a very loud growling Black Bear sounded off and again repeated the growl a few minutes later but that does not stop birders :>)). On the way up Wylie Rd north of the Sedge Wren Marsh Peter spotted an animal on the road ahead and after putting our binoculars on it we discovered a Red Fox coming towards us carrying a large Snowshoe Hare ( Varying Hare ) in it's jaws. The Fox came within 50 yards of the car before heading into the brush.

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