Sunday, April 24, 2011

Migration at Post Park!

This morning we finally had some decent numbers of migrants, 'first of season' critters and new species for the park. It felt a lot like my last trip to Mexico - every warbler was a Wilson's Warbler. We probably undercounted them because almost every blur of movement turned out to be one of them. Birds of interest are in bold; one critter not on the list is Golden Eagle, it was over the main road in Marathon around noon. As always, you have to check every 'vulture' in this county!

Post Park / Fort Peña Colorado:

1 Mallard (Mexican)
2 Blue-winged Teal
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Wild Turkey
1 Green Heron
15 Turkey Vulture
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 American Coot
1 Killdeer
20 White-winged Dove
1 Mourning Dove
4 Black-chinned Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
10 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
8 Vermilion Flycatcher
4 Ash-throated Flycatcher
12 Cassin's Kingbird
3 Western Kingbird
1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
4 Bell's Vireo
1 Plumbeous Vireo
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
10 Barn Swallow
3 Cactus Wren
1 Bewick's Wren
1 Marsh Wren
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Northern Mockingbird
8 European Starling
3 American Pipit (one was in full breeding plumage!)
5 Yellow Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
15 Wilson's Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Canyon Towhee
20 Chipping Sparrow
1 Vesper Sparrow
1 Lark Bunting
3 Lincoln's Sparrow
10 White-crowned Sparrow
16 Summer Tanager
1 Western Tanager
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Pyrrhuloxia
1 Lazuli Bunting
2 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Brewer's Blackbird
1 Bronzed Cowbird
7 Orchard Oriole
6 Scott's Oriole
3 House Finch
2 Pine Siskin

Total species reported: 54

Post Road:

4 Scaled Quail
2 Wild Turkey
1 Swainson's Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Blue Grosbeak

Total species reported: 7

Considering that many of our 'regular suspects' were absent or low in number, it was quite the productive morning! We suspect that incubation is the culprit for those species keeping a low profile, hopefully those numbers will pick back up soon.

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