It seems now that September is here and some slightly cooler morning weather has arrived, that things are picking up in Turkey Creek Sanctuary. Notable and active birds seen today inlcuded:
- American Redstart
- Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
- Black-and-white Warbler
- Swainson’s Warbler (new for me!)
- Northern Parula
- Blue Jay
- Caronlina Wren
- Northern Cardinal (was there a doubt?)
- Downy Woodpecker
Voice-only IDs included Hairy Woodpecker (more monotone and deeper version of the Downy’s calls), White-eyed Vireo (again!), Pileated Woodpecker. There was also a Belted Kingfisher that flew overhead at one point. The day was not very good for soaring, though. I saw no hawks or vultures in the air over the park at all.
As you can see from the list above, warbler activity is on the rise as we get closer to the fall migration.
Today, I tried shifting my birding to Saturday monring (instead of Sunday). As expected, there were a lot more people in the sanctuary than I am used to. As I was on my way to the new Turkey Oak Trail, a woman came down the path and asked me if I knew how to tell the difference between a King Snake (non-venemous) and a Coral Snake (venemous). Various incomplete versions of the rhyme designed to help tell the difference went through my head, which was no help at all. In any case, whatever snake she saw was no longer present, so we both walked and talked along the entirety of the trail.
Thus ended my first Saturday morning birding adventure of the year.