Birding Walk Unveils Many Species in Fowl Meadow

An early morning walk leads to a rare sighting of Virginia rails.

Birders in Fowl Meadow for web May 2015

NepRWA Board Member, Les Tyrala, led a hardy group of bird seekers through Fowl Meadow on a recent Saturday morning, and they were rewarded with the sighting of 29 species (and one spring peeper).

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Virginia rail for web

Virginia rail

Les told us that he had three tough “target birds” in mind and got all three. Two Virginia rails (a rare sighting – both seen and heard), a blue-gray gnatcatcher (seen and heard), and a rose-breasted grosbeak (heard)

The complete list of species includes:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Mockingbird
American Crow
Fish crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Starling
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

April 25, 2015

 

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