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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Don Jones
HAWKINS ROAD AND BRIGHTVIEW FARM
The weather cooperated with only a few early morning showers and much warmer than last year’s 34 degree start although the woods at Hawkins was gloomy with relatively little song. At Hawkins everyone got good looks at Prothonotary, Hooded, Black-and-White and Blue-winged Warblers. Louisiana Waterthrush, Worm-eating Warbler and Ovenbird were heard only. Only a few of the 12 participants saw Acadian Flycatcher. A cooperative Scarlet Tanager obliged us as the last bird at Hawkins. By the time we reached Brightview Farm the sun had come out. Bobolinks were everywhere and we were treated to excellent looks at singing Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows. Thanks to Colin we had a distant scope view of Eastern Meadowlark. Both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles were seen well. Thanks to Bob Horton for finding a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that everyone enjoyed and in the same tree our only migrant of the day—a female Blackpoll. Two of the three “blue-birds” were seen—an Indigo Bunting at the power line cut on Hawkins Road and Eastern Bluebirds at Brightview. The third a Blue Grosbeak sat on a telephone wire on the leader’s trip home.
Thanks to all who joined the foray. By my count we totaled
61 species for the day not too bad for a day without migrants.
Great Blue Heron