Thought I'd do something different from what I've been doing lately so I went to Rollins to see what nesting/breeding birds were there. Some birds were as expected but some were in much lower numbers than expected, i.e. Bobolinks & Sedge Wrens. Walked the entire long loop from the Washington Street lot & back plus the small loop trail at the far north for a total of about 4 miles walking today. Here's my day list.
Rollins Savannah (6:45-10:30 a.m.)
P.B. Grebe (1) D.C. Cormorant (9) Great Blue Heron (1) Great Egret (3-4) Trumpeter Swan (2-AD & 1 young) Wood Duck (3) Mallard (8) Caspian Tern (1 fly-by) Mourning Dove (4) Red Bellied Woodpecker (H-1) Flicker (H-2) Eastern Pewee (H-1) Willow Flycatcher (4) Eastern Kingbird (3) Tree (~20) & Barn (~10) Swallows Crows (3-4 heard only) Chickadee (H-2) W.B. Nuthatch (H-3) House Wren (H-1) Sedge Wren (H-1) Marsh Wren (H-1, not sure of this as it only sang once & not for long but it was at a cattail marsh) Robins (10-12) Gray Catbird (1) Starling (4) Warbling Vireo (H-1) Common Yellowthroat (25-30, everywhere) Cardinal (H-1) Field Sparrow (H-2) Henslow's Sparrow (3-4) Song Sparrow (~18) Swamp Sparrow (4) Bobolink (2-3) Red Wings (~30) Eastern Meadowlark (4) Grackle (1 fly-by) Cowbirds (10-12, too many) Baltimore Oriole (1) Goldfinch (8-10) House Sparrow (a few by the parking lot building)
Heard but did not see a Sedge Wren early on but didn't worry as I figured I'd get more later but that proved to be somewhat optimistic as none were found & then I couldn't re-find the 1st one. Also, only heard a Bobolink but again figured I'd see more later but again did not. Went back to where I had the heard only one & this time I did see 2 males. Still that's a very low total for both species.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Henslow's Sparrows all of which were seen between the observation area and the Drury Lane parking lot. Runners-Up to the Trumpeter Swans & the few Bobolinks.
Al Stokie In Lake County today
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