Had great weather this morning. Last nights cold front blew in a nice diversity of birds. We are now starting to see our temperate migrants as well as some late neotropical birds. Below are some pictures of migrants we have been seeing. Also, below the pictures is our bird list for today.
BIRD LIST: Black-throated blue warbler (above), Golden-crowned kinglet (above), Black-throated green warbler, Blue-headed vireo, Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House finch, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, Gray catbird, Hairy woodpecker, Downy woodpecker, Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern flicker, Eastern phoebe, Mourning dove, Carolina wren, Great blue heron, Belted kingfisher, House sparrow, White-throated sparrow, , European Starling, Common Grackle, Red-winged blackbird, White-breasted nuthatch, Brown creeper, Yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose and Eastern bluebird.
Went out to check for migrating birds this morning. Had 4 students show up this week. A lot of downy woodpeckers out this morning (see below). Also below, is our complete bird list.
Saw large groups of American Robins. Family of Northern Flickers. Gray Catbird, Belted Kingfisher, Carolina Wren, Many Carolina/Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jays, Many Tufted Titmice, Red-eyed Vireo*, Black-throated Green Warbler*, Yellow Warbler*, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, House finch, Indigo Bunting*.
Here are a few more pictures taken by student Jerika Volckers from our Mammalogy trip to Hawk Mountain on September 29th. These pictures show Shea Marino (Biologist with Wilkes University) and myself processing rodents and shrews. Greats Pics Jerika.
The Millersville University Mammalogy Class helped Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with their rodent trapping efforts. Multiple White-footed mice, Eastern Chipmunks and shrew species were captured. Below are some pictures of students in the field and some of the things they saw.
Went out to check for migrating birds this morning. Had more students show up this week compared to last week. We also had an increase in the number of potential migrants moving through the area as well. Had a nice look at an Eastern Phoebe (see below). Also below, is our complete bird list.
More flocks of common grackles, red-winged blackbirds, European starlings and brown-headed cowbirds moving through. Also saw large groups of American Robins.
Tundra Swan, Gray Catbird, Belted Kingfisher, Carolina Wren, Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jays, Mourning Dove, Yellow-throated Vireo?*, Tufted Titmouse, Red-eyed Vireo*, Eastern Phoebe, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Wood Peewee*, Yellow-billed Cuckoo*, Black-throated Green Warbler*, Canada Warbler*?, Black & White Warbler*?, Eastern Bluebird, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, House finch and Common yellowthroat*.
* Potential Migrants Heading South
? Best guess, about 75-95% sure of identification.
Went out to check for migrating birds this morning with a few students. Did not see a lot, but will hope to see more in the coming weeks. Had a great look at a juvenile female Cooper’s Hawk (below). Also below, is the bird list.
Large flocks of common grackles, red-winged blackbirds, European starlings and brown-headed cowbirds moving through. Also saw large groups of American Robins.
Gray Catbird, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-eyed Vireo*, Eastern Phoebe, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood Peewee*, Acadian Flycatcher*, Chimney Swifts, Yellow-billed Cuckoo*, Black-throated Green Warbler*, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, House sparrows and House Wren*.
Went to Hawk Mountain on Saturday to do some rodent trapping. Had no captures. This has been a very low year for rodent captures. However, the students did a great job following protocol and they helped conduct a clean-up at one of the trap sites. We were also able to catch a ‘Birds of Prey’ show before we left. Here are some great pictures below of a Great-Horned Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk and an American Kestrel by Jenny Garten.
So I went out to Kellys run to look over some new land the Lancaster Conservancy had purchased. Nice site. Drs. John Wallace and Chris Hardy will be working on conducting a biological inventory of the area. I have agreed to tag along to survey for mammals, birds and herps. This will be a great Service Learning project for my Mammalogy, Ornithology and Conservation Biology Class.
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I am an Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology at Millersville University. My professional research interests involve working with students to identify more effective approaches to implement on the ground conservation strategies to benefit species of conservation concern. Conservation strategies may include the use of spatial models to identify priority areas in need of protection or management, habitat restoration projects that benefit multiple wildlife species, and identifying ways to mitigate of poaching activity.
Second day at Hawk Mountain to help with rodent trapping. Learned that the goal on this long term project is to correlate small mammal diversity and abundance with acorn harvest and parasite loads. Interesting work.
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