Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Blue Jay, Whimbrel
After exploring Scoggins Valley Road at the north end of Hagg Lake I was walking back down the hill to my bike and saw a bird fly. It was blue and had white on the tips of the tail feathers. Fortunately it landed and I was able to get a better view, though still partially obscured by leaves, but was able to clearly see the dark necklace, blue back with white wing bar and white coloring underneath of a Blue Jay. This was in the yard of 55449 Scoggins Valley Road which was just past the 0.5 mile mark of the road.
About 8:15AM this morning while bicycling out to Hagg Lake I passed Cedar Hills Middle School and the adjacent park that was busy with lacrosse players. However a large part of the field was unused and as I rode by I noticed two pale brown birds that appeared to be shorebirds. I got out my binoculars and saw there were 2 Whimbrel, the first I've found "motorless." On my return trip at 5:00PM, the two Whimbrel were still present.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Whimbrel, Pigeon Guillemot, Purple Martin, Red-Necked Phalarope
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Tree Swallow, Bald Eagle, Purple Martin
Oak Island was pretty quiet this morning, with no flycatchers and few warblers, but this Tree Sparrow posed nicely by the side of the trail. They nest there and are by far the most numerous sparrow in that area.
Bald Eagles are again nesting at the northern end of the loop trail and this one was perched right by the nest.
And Purple Martins were attending nestboxes along the channel, and this pair flew in to perch on a wire.