Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23 - Sussex County birds

With just a few hours free today and before it got oppressively hot  I visited some more local spots to enjoy the breeding birds of the region.   First up was the powerline cut, or should I say  "tick" infestation area, on Holland Mountain Road.  A short walk resulted in several dozen dog-ticks, and worse yet a pair of deer-ticks.  Also seen was a young Black Bear, fortunately it was sleeping about 70 feet up in a White Pine.   The highlight was a pair of male Golden-Winged Warblers amongst several Blue-Winged Warblers and one hybrid of the two species.   A continually singing Alder Flycatcher was nice to see, as were the other expected species of Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, a Broad-winged Hawk harassing a Red-Tailed Hawk, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager etc.

The next stop was a pond on Edison Road in hopes of a Red-Headed Woodpecker.  I did not see this bird today but did enjoy several other species in Flicker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Scarlet Tanager, etc

The last stop was on Lower Unionville Road for the Bank Swallow colony.