Date: 6/10/18 3:33 pm From: NANCY ELLEN KIERNAN <nekiernan...> Subject: A different kind of bird walk: eBird Report - Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Jun 8, 2018
Here are the results of the first of two birdwalks to identify not just the birds, but evidence of breeding bird behavior:
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Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Centre, Pennsylvania, US Jun 8, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: "Who's Nesting at Millbrook Marsh? a bird walk". Walk began asking adults and children, "How do we know birds are nesting here? What clues or evidence should we look for?" After gathering their ideas, a handout with 18 clues of breeding behavior then shared. The concept of birds carrying fecal sacs came as a surprise perking lots of interest, even becoming a target focus of the walk. 27 species (+1 other taxa)
Mallard 9 Red-tailed Hawk 1 circling Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Mourning Dove 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Northern Flicker 1 Empidonax sp. 1 too shrouded in a bush to identify further Eastern Phoebe 2 Centered in area of bridge; despite a group of people on the bridge, two birds darted into same area of brush over the water close to bridge over 30 min. time, suggesting possible nesting spot. American Crow 1 Tree Swallow 2 bringing food to nest in box in wetland Barn Swallow 2 Watched from a distance, the feeding of young in a nest in the eaves of blind in the wetland. Also, carrying out of fecal sac. Black-capped Chickadee 1 heard House Wren 5 watched 2 adults feeding young in a box and then, we 'discovered' an active cavity in an old snag of a tree! At the cavity nest, two adult wrens flew in with food over a 20 min period. Fifth wren singing in a large bush. Able to share this nesting activity and nest with participants on birdwalk, as well as with middle school volunteers from local school, and a class of very young children.
One participant knew Carolina wrens but had never actually seen a House wren; she's bringing her husband the photographer, back with her at next week's breeding bird walk. Eastern Bluebird 5 American Robin 6 "Discovered" robin sitting on a nest while using scope. Nest had somewhat unusual covering and draping of wetland material on the outside on it. Able to share this nesting activity and nest with participants on birdwalk, as well as with middle school volunteers from local school. Gray Catbird 7 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 3 Common Yellowthroat 1 heard American Redstart 1 heard Swamp Sparrow 3 using scope, able to bring in the coloration and details as well as the singing of a swamp sparrow sitting on the top of a cattail to adults and home school children. Northern Cardinal 4 Baltimore Oriole 2 20 min observation of male mostly and female Red-winged Blackbird 17 Common Grackle 12 House Finch 4 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 5 Able to observe composition and site of 4 nests in ventilation gable of barn, using scope.