Thursday, May 3, 2012
May 3, 2012: Wolf's Field Notes (5/2)
American Avocets, 5/2/12 (Wolf Oesterreich)
May 2, 2012
While riding around the Park (1452-1809) I managed to find 10 First-of-Year species: American White Pelican, American Avocet, Willet, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, and Lark Sparrow.
Two American White Pelicans circled the south lake several times before continuing their northward flight. At Pool C (for a map of the Park and my designations see: http://www.iowabirds.org/Places/Documents/AHHP08.pdf) I found 2 American Avocets (with 2 more showing up before I completed my ride), 5 Willets, Gadwalls, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, American Coots, 10 Spotted Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, and 1 Wilson's Phalarope. The photograph of the 2 American Avocets was digiscoped.
On the south lake were 8 Gadwalls, 13 Mallards, 16 Lesser Scaups, 4 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Horned Grebe, and 115 American Coots. The Northern Waterthrush was found below the trail, in the outflow channel from Pool F. A male Common Yellowthroat was observed in the cattails along the east side of Pond J.
The amphitheater area (NW corner) along the Upland Trail was a hotbed of activity. This is where I found 1 Least Flycatcher, 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1♂ Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1♂ American Redstart, 1♂ Wilson's Warbler, and 1♂ Eastern Towhee. Eastward along the trail were 2 Lark Sparrows. A mixed flock of Clay-colored, White-throated, Harris's, and White-crowned Sparrows was flushed several times along the trail. One Eastern Kingbird was found near the SW corner of Jensen Pond. Near the American Robin nest that Erv Klaas found a few days ago, was a Brown Thrasher nest, also in a hawthorn, but on the south side of the trail.