Date: 4/19/17 12:37 pm From: Bird-Preferred Nerd <anniewaguirre...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Bonneyville Mill County Park–Weds. Bird Walk
This morning, the Weds. Bird Walk group hiked the trails Bonneyville Mill County Park in search of spring migrants and we were not disappointed. Highlights included a Warbling Vireo, fantastic looks at a Black-and-White Warbler, one shy Yellow Warbler, an unexpected encounter with a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches (a new species for the park). The group also heard a Northern Waterthrush singing close by.
Observers were: Annie Aguirre, Jim Bare, Elma Chapman, Carolyn Farrow, Karen Fergison, Larry Ford, Ann Kauffman, Gary Keister, and Anika Roth.
Species count listed below:
Bonneyville Mill County Park, Elkhart, Indiana, US Apr 19, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 34 species
Canada Goose 12 Wood Duck 3 Sandhill Crane 2 Mourning Dove 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 8 Downy Woodpecker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 4 Warbling Vireo 1 Heard the distinct song overhead in the trees. The song had slurred notes that alternated in pitch, and ended abruptly on a very high note. Blue Jay 3 American Crow 6 Barn Swallow 1 Black-capped Chickadee 7 Tufted Titmouse 11 Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 Initially heard the distinct "yank" calls and quickly spotted the female, with a pale rust underside, broad white supercillium, and black eyeline. The male (more highly saturated in his plumage) was later seen interacting with the female. House Wren 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7 American Robin 3 Northern Waterthrush 1 Heard by all observers , but not seen. Song had 4-5 short staccato phrases at the beginning, which quickly transitioned into 2-3 slightly warbled phrases, and ended on a clean descending note that sounded like "chu". Black-and-white Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 1 Chipping Sparrow 24 Field Sparrow 14 White-throated Sparrow 17 Song Sparrow 5 Eastern Towhee 5 Northern Cardinal 42 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Common Grackle 5 Brown-headed Cowbird 26 American Goldfinch 20 House Sparrow 8
Also, the Elkhart County Parks is offering an exciting field trip to *Magee Marsh Wildlife Area* on *May 9*. Check out the event page <https://www.facebook.com/events/160921841098280/> for more details. Registration closes next Friday, April 28 at 4 pm.
-Annie Aguirre Elkhart County, IN
*Annie Aguirre* *Marketing & Events Coordinator | **Elkhart County Parks* *211 West Lincoln Avenue l Goshen, IN 46526*