Birding around the Lean-to
We could only found 17 species of birds around the lean-to during our three days of backpacking on the North County Trail. But, do note that they were great birds to watch as our entertainment while at camp. Dark-eyed Juncos and American Robins were the most visual of all the birds we saw. The Juncos appeared to have nest building near the water spring and was protecting a territory!
The American Robin showed the most territorial agonistic behavior of any of the birds we saw! Two males would literally battle in the air and fall pecking each other all the way to the ground. I wanted to say, “Boys . . . cut it out”! But I knew it is their nature to be fighting like this and just watched in awww!
It was almost a toss up between the Brown Creeper and Winter Wren in who was the most vocal and loudest bird of the site. I did capture a photo of the Brown Creeper but wasn’t able to capture a picture of the Winter Wren . . . . so I give the metal to the Winter Wren!
We also constantly heard the irregular drumming of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and luckily Young Naturalist J found this Sapsucker excavating a hole along the North Country Trail. We also had many other Woodpeckers in the area like the Hairy, Downy and Pileated that we would occasionally find. We had only a few visits by the White-breasted Nuthatch.
We also had a few migrants moving through the area. At 6am Saturday morning we had a flock of White-Throated Sparrow working their way up the stream (the only time we saw them). Although the Blue-headed Vireo’s were showing territorial behaviors . . . they are still one of our most recent migrants that have arrived into the area! Well that was until Saturday morning when we heard the Zee-Zee-Zee-Zoo-Zeee! calls of the Black-throated Green Warblers (CHECK)! Not just one bird we had multiple birds calling in the trees letting us know that they have returned.
Other new birds that have arrived but wasn’t seen on the hiking trip included the arrival of the Northern Rough-winged Swallow (CHECK 18th April) on Red House Lake last Friday and a group of Chimney Swifts (CHECK 21st April) that I saw flying around while leaving work today. I had a possible Barn Swallow on Sunday but not a good enough look for the check! But its only a matter of time till I officially see some flying around! I still have yet to hear or see the Louisiana Waterthrush but I have not had a chance to go searching for them since last Thursday! Many other birders in the area have reported seen them (so I know they are back already). Many great birds are moving through the area! If only I was old enough to retire and spend my days birding!
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