The Stroud Preserve, 3 April 2013

WHERE GEESE ONCE ROAMED! 

WHERE GEESE ONCE ROAMED! 

After a week away for a faux spring break in the mountains of North Carolina (the Smokey Mountains had a fresh six inches of snow when we arrived) I had high hopes that we would be blessed with some days that were squarely in the spring column. However, this was not to be. I resumed my Stroud Preserve walks on a cold and windy day that was more like mid January!

GLORY-OF-THE-SNOW (Chionodoxa luciliae Boiss.), 3 April 2013, Stroud Preserve, Chester County, Pennsylvannia.

GLORY-OF-THE-SNOW (Chionodoxa luciliae Boiss.), 3 April 2013, Stroud Preserve, Chester County, Pennsylvannia.

Nonetheless, there were a few new arrivals for birds, Barn Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow and Osprey. Looking back at last year’s records, the bird life is roughly the same, however, the plant life was much different. The place was alive with wildflowers this time last year. Tout-lily, Virginia blue-bell, and bloodroot were all in full bloom this time last year. They are just starting to push their way through the soil now. The vast majority of the flowering plants that are blooming now are all introduced aliens. Flowering and setting seed early is not a bad strategy for success if you want to get a leg up on the competition.

One new foreign stray that I found today was from Turkey of all places. Chionodoxa luciliae, commonly called glory-of-the-snow. Sine the wind was almost up to 20 mph today, I’m calling it glory-of-the-wind!

Start time: 8:50

End time: 11:00

Temp: 32-40

Wind: 6-17 mph from the west

Skies: clear

Species Total: 41

  • Black Vulture – approximately 15
  • Turkey Vulture – approximately 20
  • Canada Goose –7, all of the winter flocks are now gone. The ones that are around now seemed to be paired with a mate.
  • Mallard – 2
  • Osprey – 1 FOY, high overhead
  • Bald Eagle – 1 adult
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 adult
  • Red-tailed Hawk –5, 1 immature, 4 adults
  • American Kestrel – 2 a male and female
  • Mourning Dove – 2
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – heard only
  • Downy Woodpecker – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 5
  • Blue Jay – approximately 10
  • American Crow – approximately 10
  • Tree Swallow – approximately 100
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow – 2 FOY
  • Barn Swallow – 1 FOY
  • Carolina Chickadee – approximately 10
  • Tufted Titmouse – approximately 10
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  • Carolina Wren – heard only
  • Eastern Bluebird – approximately 10
  • American Robin – approximately 50
  • Northern Mockingbird – 3
  • European Starling – approximately 25
  • Eastern Towhee – 3
  • Field Sparrow – 4
  • Song Sparrow – approximately 25
  • Swamp Sparrow – 1
  • White-throated Sparrow – 4
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 3
  • Northern Cardinal – approximately 12
  • Red-winged Blackbird – approximately 30
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 8
  • Common Grackle – 4
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – approximately 15
  • House Finch – 2
  • American Goldfinch – 3