Date: 5/12/18 6:51 pm From: David Williams <davewilliams8...> Subject: BAS Field Trip to Fort Leavenworth
A Burroughs Audubon sponsored field trip to the Fort Leavenworth woods on Saturday, May 12 had 19 participants and logged 93 species. Some highlights:
13 species of warblers included Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Kentucky, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Yellow, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green Warblers. None of these were seen in very large numbers except for the listing of 42 American Redstarts.
10 sparrow species included Grasshopper, Chipping, Clay-colored, Field, Lark, White-crowned, Harris’s, Savannah, Lincoln’s Sparrows and Eastern Towhee.
Empid Flycatchers included Least, Acadian and Alder.
Many of the reliable species of the Fort Leavenworth woods were present - Summer & Scarlet Tanagers, 7 Wood Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Pileated Woodpecker (heard only).
An adult Bald Eagle was seen in flight from the bottoms area of the fort heading toward the Missouri River and beyond. We have seen an eagle hunting for fish on the post this week and then also flying toward the river, likely to a nest location near where a pair has nested previously.
Sora & Spotted Sandpiper were seen at the small marsh at the south end of the air field.
A Giant Swallowtail butterfly was also a big hit!
Thank you to all who participated including trip leader Nancy Leo, local Leavenworth County expert John Schukman and the Fort Leavenworth Natural Resources Specialist Neil Bass.