Group Walk Report for November 23, 2013

Only one person (out of fifteen who registered) showed up for this morning's monthly bird walk on the preserve. After a bit of early rain cleared up she got an awesome private tour of the place on a cold but birdy morning! Many winter songbirds have returned in force, and we had great fun encountering mixed-species foraging flocks that included Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Carolina Chickadees, Black-crested titmice, and a couple Pine Warblers.

The recent rains had the spring overflowing and the pond at the bottom of the property full. All of the beautiful little waterfall spots downhill from the spring were flowing with clear water. Here's one of them. This one shows some good examples of karst limestone as well:

Flowing Spring Water
(Click on the image to view it on Flickr and see the notes I added that mark the pieces of karst limestone.)

In the pond we found half a dozen Wood Ducks, one of our few year-round resident species of wild duck. On the sandy prairie area near the lake we had good luck finding a few winter sparrows -- Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and Field Sparrows, and we got good looks at an Orange-crowned Warbler and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. We even got a distant look at the leucistic mostly white Red-tailed Hawk perched across the lake.

Here's our complete bird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15740824

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, November 23, 2013 20:23

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