Date: 8/28/17 6:12 am
From: Sandra Goodwin <000000e529effc61-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Kirby Park List, Luzerne Co.
Reported by Bob Wasilewski
Aug. 27
Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, Luz. Co.

> As one of the participants pointed out, this is more like a winter
> list. The only migrants (likely non-breeders in the Park) that we
> could identify were the two killdeer (and maybe the pewee). We did
> see at least one, and probably two, warblers, one of which might
> have been a blackburnian. However, they were high in the treetops,
> staying among the leaves almost directly overhead, and moving often
> and fast. As a result, all we saw were glimpses of underparts. We
> saw those birds early in the walk, and we didnít see any warblers
> after. However, once the mosquitoes woke up, the prospect of
> standing in one place searching treetops for very long wasnít
> incredibly inviting. Although Iíve experienced MUCH worse on past
> walks in the Park, the rainy summerís bumper crop of mosquitoes
> didnít make conditions very pleasant, which was unfortunate since
> everything else about the morning -- cool temperatures, low
> humidity, good light -- made for good conditions otherwise.
>
> Of interest was the unusually high degree of woodpecker activity
> (For example, all three hairys, often a tough find for the Park,
> were in the same area) in an area of several dead or dying ash
> trees. I donít know if that was just a coincidence or if the emerald
> ash borer-decimated trees are attracting other insects that, in
> turn, attracted the woodpeckers (the numbers of which probably are
> conservative). Future walks could provide an answer. If the dying
> ash trees are attracting the woodpeckers, Pennsylvania birders might
> want to be on the lookout for uncommon woodpecker species in the
> coming months.
>
> By the way, bird of the day: Fox Squirrel.
>
> Happy list-reading.
>
> 1) Double-crested Cormorant 1
> 2) Great Blue Heron 4
> 3) Turkey Vulture 1
> 4) Canada Goose 7
> 5) Wood Duck 8
> 6) Mallard 6
> 7) Bald Eagle 1
> 8) Broad-winged Hawk 1
> 10) Killdeer 2
> 11) Rock Pigeon 12
> 12) Mourning Dove 2
> 13) Chimney Swift 12
> 14) Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
> 15) Downy Woodpecker 8
> 16) Hairy Woodpecker 3
> 17) Northern Flicker 4
> 18) Eastern Wood Pewee 1
> 19) Red-eyed Vireo 10
> 20) Blue Jay 4
> 21) American Crow 2
> 22) Fish Crow 1
> 23) Black-capped Chickadee 4
> 24) Tufted Titmouse 6
> 25) White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> 26) Carolina Wren 6
> 27) American Robin 14
> 28) Gray Catbird 10
> 29) Song Sparrow 3
> 30) Northern Cardinal 4
> 31) Common Grackle 1
> 32) American Goldfinch 6
>
> Fox Squirrel: 1
> Gray Squirrel: 4
> Green Frog: At least 5
> Green Frog Tadpole: Many
> Painted Turtle: 14
> Snapping Turtle: 1
> Cabbage White Butterfly: 1
> Mosquito: Many Too Many
> Observers: 4/1
> Hours: 4.25
> Weather: Perfect. Sunny and cool with low humidity and light wind (A
> slightly stronger wind to disperse the mosquitoes would have been
> preferable); 54-73 įF

Sandy Goodwin
Wyoming Co.
 
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