Bona Dea Trails–Washburn 11/2/12

by DM

Friday morning I got up early and had some time to bird.  I didn’t want to go too far but I wanted to get away from civilization.  Just off of Highway 7 are two sets of connected trails that wind for a couple of miles with a variety of habitats.  The temperature was in the mid 40s.  I went to the Wasburn entrance and went of the trails that follow the slough/marsh area.  This was a good choice for the birds were out in full force.  Tons of newly arrived winter birds were there along with quite a few year round favorites.  The water was low and heavy shrubs took over which was great for sparrows and other songbirds.  At one point I had the marsh on my right and a hill with scattered trees and undergrowth.  I stopped here because of the sheer volume of birds.  Both sight and sound were utilized to their full extent to get a grasp of what all was there.  Kinglets, yellow-rumps, chickadees, wrens called from the woodland while a cacophony of sparrows ringed from the marsh.  Hermit thrushes called here and there while goldfinches flew overhead.  Robins and flickers called from the distance.  I stayed there for probably half an hour sorting everything out.  Among the sparrows were FOS Lincoln’s, White-throated, Song, Swamp, and Juncos.  Throughout the trail White-throated Sparrows were singing.  You couldn’t go 5 seconds without hearing a White-throat song at any point on the trail.  The wrens were about as prominent but there were two species singing, both Winter and Carolina.  Farther along the trail, I stopped at some water and surveyed it to find a male and female Wood Duck.  I was within 50 yds of them, without a lot of cover between us, and they stayed for a while.  They eventually flew off and landed with four more males (I wonder if they were their kids).  At this new body of water a Great Blue Heron was seen along with a Belted Kingfisher.  Above, a lone wayward Canada Goose circled almost like a vulture.  In the parking lot, a part of Lake Dardanelle can be seen and I picked up a few birds there including Ring-billed Gulls, Pied-billed Grebes, and Double-crested Cormorants.

All in all there were 33 species including:

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Easter Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Brown Creeper
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Carolina Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Goldfinch

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