Date: 4/9/17 4:02 pm From: David Kuechenmeister <drkz39...> Subject: [GABO-L] Oakland Cemetery Bird Walk 4/8/17
Rob McDonough and I co-led a group of 12 birders on the second bird walk of the season through Oakland Cemetery on Saturday morning. Oakland Cemetery is a 48-acre park-like property with a rich and diverse mix of flowering plants, shrubs and trees that attract insects and birds. The weather conditions were great compared to the very windy, cold and rainy days preceding our walk. It was calm, mild and sunny. We saw and heard the usual year-round and winter residents but most of the spring migrants that will start showing up at this location soon hadn't arrived yet. We saw and heard a respectable 35 species total and got nice views of several frolicking Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and heard two singing Northern Parula. Participants also learned about some of the historical aspects of Oakland Cemetery, including, "Tweet the Mockingbird," a family's pet Northern Mockingbird that was buried at Oakland Cemetery in the family's plot in 1874. The bird's grave is marked with a small carved lamb because the stonecutter couldn't replicate a mockingbird.
The bird species identified during Saturday's walk are listed below.
Downy Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 1 Carolina Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 12 Brown Thrasher 5 Northern Mockingbird 11 European Starling 6 Cedar Waxwing 10 Northern Parula 2 Palm Warbler 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 Chipping Sparrow 4 White-throated Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 4 Eastern Towhee 7 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 30 Brown-headed Cowbird 3 House Finch 8