Date: 4/23/19 1:28 pm
From: William Young <wayoung04...>
Subject: Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve List - Lancaster PA
To All Subscribers of The Listserv,

Shenk's Ferry is an excellent place to observe spring migration as it makes its way though Pennsylvania. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to bird the area, and it did not disappoint. Perhaps the best sighting was a Black Thoated Blue Warbler, slightly early at this location (an audio recording of the bird was attained). Please see below for the complete ebird checklist. In addition, the wildflowers are almost at full bloom, peaking perhaps next week. The next few weeks will be an excellent time to both observe birds and wildflowers at Shenk's Ferry.


Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
Apr 23, 2019 9:56 AM - 11:09 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny and warm with a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Light breeze from SW. Humidity about 58%. Walked on the main trail for most of the time, with a few brief excursions up the side trails. Few pedestrians on the trail, except towards the end. Stream was rather high for this time of year. The wildflowers were in full bloom. Birds active, although due to the relatively constant weather conditions in the past few days, no strong push of migrants or a "fallout" was observed. This checklist was put together in part for the 2020 ABA Young Birder of The Year Contest. This is my 810th eBird checklist as well as my 252nd day of eBird checklist streak.

21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 Both birds loudly calling. On Susquehanna river over the railroad tracks.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 6 In loose kettle.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Doing display calls.
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2 Calling.
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 Across the valley from trail. Loudly calling and drumming.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7 Silent flock toward trail head.
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3 Loosely associating with TUTI.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2 Surprising find. Notable absence of this species in the past year, apparently due to cavity nesting problems.
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 At end of trail, by tunnel.
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 Singing and/or calling.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 8 All singing birds.
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1 Singing bird.
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 14 Lingering birds. In overgrown power line cuts.
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 3 Calling throughout.
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2 By trail head. Vocalizing.
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 3 Exact count. All singing birds.
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 2 By stream. See photos. ID confirmed in both cases by call.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 Singing male.
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 5 All singing birds. 4 males and 1 female observed.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 *Early and slightly uncommon for this time. Heard singing about halfway down trail. Please see attached poor quality audio recording (song sometimes overlaps with NOPA vocalization). Song buzzy, and lazily up-slurred.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7 In several flocks. Singing and/or calling.

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Thanks and good birding,

William Young

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