Friday, March 29, 2002

Shannondale Springs Bird Hike

I birded the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area this morning, hiking the River Bend Trail that parallels the Shenandoah River. The species total (27) seemed rather low considering the fair weather: overcast skies, cool temperatures, and no wind. But still, 5 species were seen for the first time this spring: Louisiana Waterthrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown-headed Cowbird, and American Wigeon. Species are listed here in the order in which they were detected by sight or sound (numbers preceding species names indicate elapsed time in minutes from start of hike):

000 START Hike: 7:25 AM (EST)
000 Carolina Chickadee
000 American Crow
000 Northern Cardinal
003 Double-crested Cormorant - 5
004 Red-bellied Woodpecker
005 Eastern Phoebe - 2
006 Wood Duck - 6
008 White-throated Sparrow
010 Louisiana Waterthrush - 1
012 Mallard - 28
019 Common Merganser - 13
020 Song Sparrow
020 Carolina Wren
024 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 singing
024 Tufted Titmouse
026 Golden-crowned Kinglet - several
030 Blue Jay
033 Northern Mockingbird
034 Canada Goose - 22
037 American Goldfinch
041 Gadwall - 4
054 Brown-headed Cowbird - 8
060 American Wigeon - 14
082 Eastern Towhee - 1
089 Mourning Dove
102 Tree Swallow
104 Downy Woodpecker
109 END Hike: 9:16 AM (EST)

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