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October 2014 Bird Walk
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Our October 2014 walk was lead by Andrew Keaveney, who managed to find a great variety of birds including the star of the show, an Eastern Whip-poor-will, roosting in a small maple tree. Although the hoped-for Least Bittern disappeared about a week before the walk, the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was found again and seen by most in the group. For the second walk in a row, we managed to find 4 species of heron, although not the same 4 species as in September. Despite the seeming lack of birds, we tallied a diverse 43 species without even venturing out to the spit.

Here’s the complete list:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated Green Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch

Most of the birds weren’t getting too close or waiting around for photos, but the Whip-poor-will sat patiently for everyone to get good scope views. It was fortunate not only that Andrew spotted the bird, but also that he spotted it before we got too close and flushed it from its perch. It’s rare to get such a good look at a Whip-poor-will, partly because they are uncommon, but also because they are incredibly difficult to spot when perched.