Date: 4/15/18 11:44 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 4/15
A short but slow walk in the Sapsucker Woods on Sunday (8:00-10:50 AM)
turned out to be one of the better early-spring outings I’ve ever had in
the sanctuary. Here are some highlights, mostly shared with Suan Yong and
two other participants in Suan’s guided walk.

* 11 sparrow species, a probable site record for me, including

-- VESPER SPARROW (one at border of grit and grass along far parking
lot, in the section closest to Highway 13)

-- SAVANNAH SPARROW (two along road north of Kip’s Barn – like Vesper,
uncommon for Sapsucker Woods but probably perennial at this time of April
at these very spots)

-- FOX SPARROW (one heard along utility corridor north of Hoyt-Pileated
Trail, another later confirmed by sight by young Fenya along Wilson North)

-- FIELD SPARROW (with Savannah; also by feeder garden)\

-- plus American Tree, Chipping, Song, Swamp, White-throated, Dark-eyed
Junco, and Eastern Towhee

* WINTER WREN seen and also heard singing partial song by Sherwood Platform
(maybe two different individuals)

* 15+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, including a flock of 11 near the feeder garden

* At least one eastern PALM WARBLER seen and heard singing along the
pondside branch of the Wilson Trail North

* Two HERMIT THRUSHES near green pool across trail slightly north of
Sherwood Platform

* One PINE SISKIN seen and possible additional individuals heard around
feeder garden

* One NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, presumably continuing from yesterday

* COMMON RAVEN seen flying by and perching briefly atop power pole in
Fuller Wetlands; also confirmed by sound

* A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL flying over the pond and departing to the
north, plus the continuing female REDHEAD and at least a couple of pairs of

* Six GREAT BLUE HERONS wheeling slowly around together and descending to
the trees around the main pond

* An OSPREY catching and deliberately consuming a fish


We also enjoyed watching many active and cooperative birds of the most
expected species, including kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, flickers,
sapsuckers, and others, as well as a mink and a muskrat.

Mark Chao


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