Barbour's Pond

Barbour's Pond
Barbour's Pond - November 11, 2013

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Palms, Pines and Yellow-rumps

Palms, Pines and Yellow-rumps seemed to be the birds around Barbour's Pond yesterday before the rains came. Some Common Loons were flying over. Chipping Sparrows were seen in a few flocks of 30-40 birds. Many more White-throated Sparrows were seen in the park as well. Construction crews are working on replacing the old wood and concrete benches in the reservation. Work is currently being done in the field just south of Lambert's Observation Tower.

Friday, April 8, 2011

6 Warbler species still here

All six Warbler species seen on Wednesday were still at Garret on Thursday. Many Pine and Palm Warblers were still seen around Barbour's Pond. Brown Creepers, Kinglets and Phoebes were still present in good numbers. Sapsuckers and Flickers were seen around Barbour's Pond and some of the higher elevations of the park. 5 Pied-billed Grebes were seen on Great Notch Reservoir on Wednesday morning with 2 Great Blue herons, 2 Common Mergansers, 8 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Buffleheads and a few Hooded Mergansers. Levine Reservoir had 8 Buffleheads and a handful of Killdeer. Today's photo of Northern Parula is courtesy of Kevin Bolton. Thanks Kevin!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Another Banner Day for Birds

Today is the 3rd day in a row at Garret with great numbers of birds and a few new arrivals. Parula and Prairie Warbler were 2 more Warblers seen today, making 6 total species today. Barbour's Pond and Wilson Ave. were the hotbeds of activity today. 30+ Phoebes, 30+ Palm Warblers and 20+ Pine Warblers were seen on the sunny side of Barbour's Pond this morning. A Parula and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers as well as Brown Creepers and both kinglets were seen in the mix. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were still seen in good numbers around the park with 4 birds on Wilson Ave., 5 north of the basketball courts, and more in the higher elevations of the park. 20+ were seen again. Hermit Thrush numbers are increasing with at least 10 seen around. Winter Wrens were seen all over the park with at least 15 seen. Creepers numbered 15+ as well. Adult Bald Eagle, 2 Ospreys, Sharpie and Cooper's Hawk was some of the flyovers. Prairie Warbler photos were taken at the base of Wilson Ave.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

4 Warblers and lots of Flickers

4 Warbler species were seen today at Garret with an influx of passerines coinciding with the rains in the late morning. Yellow-rumped Warblers joined the other 3 today. In the afternoon, Barbour's Pond area had 25+ Pine Warblers, 30+ Palm Warblers, 4-5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 25+ Tree Swallows, 4-5 Northern Rough-winged Swallows and at least 1 Barn Swallow. FOS Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was seen on Wilson Ave. Northern Flickers were all around the park with numbers seen in the 50's. Over 50 Species were seen in the park today without a Hawk flight.
Other sightings
Ring-necked Duck 4
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Killdeer 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
American Woodcock 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 15+
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 50+
Eastern Phoebe 18
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4-5
Tree Swallow 25+
Barn Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 8+
Winter Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 300+
Northern Mockingbird 3
Pine Warbler 25+
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 35+
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 75
Fox Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 150+
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Rusty Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 12

Sapsuckers Galore!

Every area of Garret Mountain Reservation on Monday April 4 had Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Some were even calling. Palm Warblers joined the Pine Warblers around Barbour's Pond. Pete Both reported an early Orchard Oriole. Other arrivals include Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Egret and Hermit Thrush. A Hawk flight had 12 Ospreys, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 4 Kestrels and 3 Red-shouldered Hawks.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

More migrants arrive

More migrant birds have arrived at Garret Mt. Reservation in the last few days. April 3 saw the arrival of Louisiana Waterthrush on Slippery Rock Brook, yep that's the name, same location as usual in the spring. Also arriving in the last few days, more Pine Warblers, Chipping Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, multiple Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Rough-winged Swallows as well as more flyovers from Great Blue Herons, Doulble-crested Cormorants, Osprey, and loads of Robins.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring migrants begin to arrive

Over the last 2 weeks a good number of migrants have arrived at Garret.
Pine Warblers, Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows, Brown Creepers, Woodcock, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows as well as some migrating raptors. 13 Black Vultures (seen 3/19) were migrating north on the ridge as well as Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Osprey (seen 3/23), and numerous Turkey Vultures.