Saturday, August 31, 2013

Not so solitary!

A walk through the park this morning under gray skies ... There was a Vireo sp and a Catharus sp at the Nature Center, both vanishing before I could id them. Also, a large and conspicuous paper wasp nest nearby. The pond is mostly mudflat, and patient staring revealed SEVEN Solitary Sandpipers. 

Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1     Flyover
Solitary Sandpiper  7     The pond is mostly mudflat.
Rock Pigeon  1     flyover
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1 F , trumpet flowers in upper garden
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     singing persistently
Blue Jay  10
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
House Wren  3
Catharus sp.  1     warm brown back, flying off
American Robin  24
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  3     flyover
Common Yellowthroat  2     F
Song Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  4


  1. 7 is quite a collection of solitaries!

  2. ditto! I can't believe it! Wonder what kind of thrush it was...

    I tried to get to the park this morning and as soon as I got out of the car I heard thunder. After having read a book about a woman struck by lightning when it wasn't even raining, I decided the prudent thing would be to go back home which I did. Went back to bed and slept in until 10:00 - unheard for me. I hope I can get a walk in tomorrow...

    1. Ha! That is so funny, I love that you went back to bed. The ever ending tired birders dilemma, to bird or to sleep in the morning.