Field Orno Day 5: Geprags Community Park

Today we went to Geprags Community Park. Upon arrival at ~6:40 am. the temperature was ~55 degrees F, with ~62% humidity and the wind was blowing East at ~3mph. Upon departure at ~11:30 the temperature was ~76 degrees F, with ~34% humidity, and the wind was blowing S-SW at ~8mph. The habitat here consisted of an early successional forest with shrubby forest edges leading into large grassland areas. Great mix of habitat types! It is also near the Laplatte River.

I was a little discouraged this morning since I did not do well on the last cumulative quiz cause I kind of panicked while taking it. This week has been a bit overwhelming since I started with very little knowledge/experience with identifying birds and have been given so much to remember over a short period of just 5 days. Also, after waking up early and walking outside for 5-6 hours in the sun then trying to study the whole afternoon/night while feeling tired is quite difficult.

However, my experience birding today really changed my attitude because I was able to really see how much progress I have made since day one of this class in the field. Day one I was really only relying on sight since I did not know a lot of bird calls, hence all of the photos. However, today, along with Grace, I was able to hear a bird, ID it by sound only, then follow the sound to go see the bird singing. It honestly was the most rewarding feeling being able to follow the sound to see that it was indeed the bird we identified using only sound. I was also able to get some really great audio clips of most of the birds we heard since we tracked them and got really close. I was very happy that we saw a handful of species that I have never seen/heard in person before! Following the sounds also was also really effective in terms of memorizing them and associating them with the species. I definitely feel more confident in identifying all the birds I heard today by sound now!

Despite the feeling of being a little overwhelmed, this class has been very enjoyable and has gotten me even more excited about birds! I am definitely going to continue birding outside of this class because I feel like I am improving every day! Definitely have become a bird nerd and i'm proud!

Posted by taylorehwa taylorehwa, May 22, 2020 22:44

Observations

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Female

Photos / Sounds

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Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Saw on two separate occasions, believe it was same individual.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Blue-winged Warbler in beginning of recording!

Photos / Sounds

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Veery Catharus fuscescens

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

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Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Scarlet Tanager in background of recording.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Wild Turkey also in background of audio clip.

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Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Saw once, heard on two different occasions. Believe it was same individual singing the second time.

Photos / Sounds

What

Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Also in audio: Northern Cardinal, Eastern Wood-Peewee

Photos / Sounds

What

Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Description

Audio also includes American Redstart, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

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Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

taylorehwa

Date

May 22, 2020

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