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.
Had a great trip to Hawk Mountain today. Met with Shealyn Marino. Shealyn works with Wilkes University as a biological technician. Shealyn has been working on a long-term small mammal trapping research project. Below are some of the animals we captured today. What a great place to take the Mammology class.