The Stroud Preserve, 11 April 2013

DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES Dicentra cucullaria (L.) Bernh. 26 March 2012, Stroud Preserve, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

DUTCHMAN'S BREECHES Dicentra cucullaria (L.) Bernh. 26 March 2012, Stroud Preserve, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

I had not intended visit the preserve today because I had to take my children to the doctor in the morning. However, when I got finished with the kids it was so nice out that I reconsidered. Also, the weather forecast indicated that tomorrow might be the better day for staying at home.

Since I got a late start I didn’t have high expectations for birds. I ended up with 54 species and two new first of the year birds, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and House Wren. It was a good day for raptors (6) and warblers (3) and I observed a Field Sparrow collecting nesting material. In the non-bird category I saw a northern water snake, red fox, and morning cloak (butterfly). All in all, a pretty good day!

Start time: 11:00

End time: 1:15

Temp: 70-73°

Wind: 8 from the east

Skies: high clouds

Species Total: 54

  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – approximately 10
  • Canada Goose – 6
  • Wood Duck – 2
  • Mallard – 1
  • Osprey – 1
  • Bald Eagle – 1, adult
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1, adult
  • Cooper's Hawk – 3, 2 adults, 1 immature. For the second day in a row, I saw an adult and an immature conducting pair bonding behavior.
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3, 2 adults, 1 immature
  • American Kestrel – 1 male
  • Mourning Dove – 1, heard only
  • Chimney Swift – at least 2, heard only
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1, heard only
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – approximately 10
  • Downy Woodpecker – approximately 10
  • Hairy Woodpecker – 2
  • Northern Flicker – approximately 10
  • Eastern Phoebe – 3
  • Blue Jay – 6
  • American Crow – approximately 10
  • Fish Crow – 2
  • Tree Swallow – approximately 75
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow – approximately 20
  • Barn Swallow – approximately 10
  • Carolina Chickadee – approximately 15
  • Tufted Titmouse – approximately 25
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – 3
  • Carolina Wren – 3
  • House Wren – 2, FOY
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet – approximately 8
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – approximately 10
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1, FOY
  • Eastern Bluebird – approximately 20
  • American Robin – approximately 20
  • Northern Mockingbird – 2
  • Brown Thrasher – 2
  • European Starling – 5
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2
  • Pine Warbler – 3
  • Palm Warbler – approximately 10
  • Eastern Towhee – approximately 8, heard only
  • Chipping Sparrow – 2
  • Field Sparrow – approximately 10
  • Savannah Sparrow – 11
  • Song Sparrow – approximately 40
  • Swamp Sparrow – 6
  • White-throated Sparrow – approximately 15
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – approximately 12
  • Red-winged Blackbird – approximately 30
  • Common Grackle – 1
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – approximately 10
  • American Goldfinch – 4