Howard County Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS)


Field Trip: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Trip Leader: Lovelett, Felicia

Date of Trip: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Location: Scrubland

Details: Patapsco Valley State Park (scrubland and Sykesville river sections) 7:30-11AM, sunny-part cloudy, no wind, 68-80F ~3.25 miles

Number on trip: 12


(Numbers of individuals are shown if they were recorded.)

  • Canada Goose: 42
  • Black Vulture: 1
  • Turkey Vulture: 2
  • Cooper's Hawk:
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Mourning Dove: 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker: 11
  • Pileated Woodpecker: 3
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee:
  • Acadian Flycatcher: 11
  • Willow Flycatcher: 1
  • Great Crested Flycatcher: 7
  • Eastern Kingbird: 4
  • White-eyed Vireo: 5
  • Yellow-throated Vireo: 3
  • Red-eyed Vireo: 10
  • Blue Jay: 4
  • American Crow: 10
  • Tree Swallow: 5
  • Barn Swallow: 25
  • Carolina Chickadee: 5
  • Tufted Titmouse: 3
  • Carolina Wren: 2
  • House Wren: 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 6
  • Eastern Bluebird: 6
  • Veery: 2
  • Wood Thrush: 10
  • American Robin: 2
  • Gray Catbird: 38
  • Northern Mockingbird: 1
  • Brown Thrasher: 5
  • European Starling: 6
  • Cedar Waxwing: 5
  • Blue-winged Warbler: 3
  • Northern Parula: 3
  • Yellow Warbler: 4
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler: 1
  • Prairie Warbler: 3
  • American Redstart: 1
  • Ovenbird: 8
  • Louisiana Waterthrush: 4
  • Common Yellowthroat: 4
  • Eastern Towhee: 3
  • Chipping Sparrow: 5
  • Field Sparrow: 2
  • Scarlet Tanager: 5
  • Northern Cardinal: 17
  • Blue Grosbeak: 1
  • Indigo Bunting: 13
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 1
  • Orchard Oriole: 3
  • Baltimore Oriole: 6
  • House Finch: 5
  • American Goldfinch: 6
  • House Sparrow: 2

Comments:
Great views of Great-crested Flycatcher, Blue-winged and Prairie Warbler in the early scrubland part of the walk. Everyone bravely continued down to the river via overgrown trails. Notable forest birds included: Acadian Flycatcher, Veery, Worm-eating Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush. At the end of the walk (back in the scrubland), we saw a Cooper's Hawk with kingbirds and a cloud of angry swallows in hot pursuit.