Date: 6/10/19 9:45 am
From: William Young <wayoung04...>
Subject: Chestnut Grove Natural Area (Lancaster County) - 6-8-19
To All Subscribers of The Listserv,

Chestnut Grove is a great location to observe Lancaster avianfauna. This place is used for American Chestnut reintroduction purposes. The property is open to the public, and features such amenities as benches and walking trials. The habitat primarily consists of meadow and shrubby wood edges, as well as a small patch of second growth forest. On June 8th, I birded the property, and found many species, including several surprises. Below is an eBird checklist of my birding excursion.


Chestnut Grove Natural Area, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
Jun 8, 2019 2:20 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Weather sunny and warm with a temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Some low cumulus clouds moving East. Wind low and steady at 3 mph with gusts of 5 mph occasionally. Humidity at about 62%. Birds were decently active, a few presumed migrants were observed. Perhaps the greatest surprise were the Willow Flycatchers, which are uncommon at this location. The large pond was almost completely full of water, while the nearby smaller one was filled about half way, creating good habitat for waders. This checklist was created in part of the ABA's 2020 Young Birder of The Year Contest, in which I am participating. This is also my 865th checklist and my 297th day of eBird checklist streak.
26 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3 All flyovers heading East.
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 Was first noticed when accidentally flushed. At smaller, more muddy pond. Apparently hunting for frogs, which were abundant at this location.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4 Flyovers. Common at this location.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Seen near trail-head, flying. Undulating, heavy flight diagnostic.
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 2 Surprising. Both seen and heard (please see attached recordings and photos). By trail head and large pond Both birds were observed for a period of about wight minutes each.
Xeno Canto XC480289:
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Calling (distant)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3 Interacting with BASW while flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 22 Throughout. Interacting with each other occasionally.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 Surprising, as there has been a considerable shortage of this species in recent months.
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Calling near trail head.
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 Both singing birds.
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1 Adult female.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 14 Throughout. Calling and singing.
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3 In shrubby edge habitat.
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 2 An apparent pair in suitable habitat. Interacting with each other.
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 3 All together. Loosely associating with each other.
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4 All singing birds.
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 1 A distant, singing male.
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1 Adult male. Seen well.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 16 Throughout. Signing and calling. Almost equal proportions of male/females.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 21 Throughout. Sometimes loosely associating with RWBL.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2 Expected at this location. Both birds were singing males.
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 3 All singing birds. Males at different points throughout.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3 Throughout. Calling.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Singing male.

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Thank you for your interest. Have a great day!

Good birding,

William Young

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