BIRD NOTES ~ May 2, 2009
Hinsdale Rail Trail (5/1)
Went to the
I wanted to report that I've seen a Brown Creeper outside my home for a couple of weeks now. I can't tell if it's the same bird I see all the time, or if it's multiple creepers. I usually spot it in the morning hopping up the trees outside my bathroom window.
Red-shouldered Hawk, Plus
We went to check out the Red-shouldered Hawk that Nori Howe reported hearing last Sunday on
Birding from A Hammock
On Sunday I heard my FOY black and White warbler and saw and heard two broad-winged hawks as I lay in my hammock.
2 Brown Thrashers at Gateway Farm on Abbott Road, a pair of Eastern Phoebes are busy nest building under the eaves and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (M) visiting our black oil sunflower feeder. Boy, can they shuck seeds rapidly.
If you haven’t seen this striking central Asian member of the goose family, stop by the fields surrounding the water pumping station in the Retreat Meadows on Rt. 30. It is still there hanging out with a flock of Canada Geese.
At Broad Brook boat launch we found 2 Killdeer, 2 Wood Duck, 2 Rough-winged Swallows, a male Baltimore Oriole decked out in his bright orange and black finery, a Yellow Warbler, and a Warbling Vireo. At the Hogle Wildlife Sanctuary we saw an Osprey bracing against a strong breeze, perching in the top of a dead snag overlooking the Retreat Meadows. The “mew” of a first of the year Catbird got our attention as it peered out of the brambles along the trail.
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