Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016: Northern Mockingbird


Only the 4th record for the Park (last seen in 2010), this Northern Mockingbird was first found in the grassy area just to the north of the main parking lot.  It soon flew up into a tree in the same general area.  Mockingbirds are quite melodious, but this one remained rather silent. 4/27/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 28, 2016: Red-eared Sliders


A favorite of the pet trade, Red-eared Sliders are not native to this part of Iowa.  Released pets are now breeding, with Red-eared Sliders now being found in most areas of the Park. 4/28/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 27, 2016: The History of AHHP Presentation


A big crowd estimated at about 200 people packed the Ames Public Library to standing room only Wednesday night for the Ames Historical Society's lecture, "From Farmland to Gravel Pit to City Park: The history of Ada Hayden Heritage Park." The presentation, sponsored by the Friends of Ada Hayden Park, the Ames Historical Society, and the Ames Public Library, was presented by Erv Klaas and Dennis Wendell who showed the history of the land we now know as Ada Hayden Heritage Park. 4/27/16 (Kevin Kane)




Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 26, 2016: American Toads


Singing American Toads have replaced the Boreal Chorus Frog as being the most vocal.  Watch for them in any of the ponds and pools.  (An American Bullfrog is also present at the far left.) 4/24/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 25, 2016: Goslings


Found the first set of Canada Goose goslings this morning at Pond M.  The first time I rode past, the female was still brooding on the nest.  The second time, one gosling had joined its parents on the water.  I watched the family until all 7 goslings made the jump.  The photo on the left shows 4 goslings on the water, with the remaining 3 still thinking about it.  The photo on the right shows the entire family. 4/24/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apr 24, 2016: American White Pelicans


A flock of 17 American White Pelicans circled several times over the Park this morning before continuing on.  The photo shows 7 of them.  Note the "horn" on the upper mandible, near the tip.  These are found on adults during the breeding season and will fall off afterwards. 4/24/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 23, 2016: Eastern Chipmunk


An Eastern Chipmunk munching on some fresh green vegetation (at east side of Jensen Pond). 4/24/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 22, 2016: Spring in the Wetlands


A composite photo showing a NW and N view across Pool F, towards the highlands in the rear. 4/14/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 21, 2016: Stormy Wetland


From the Upland Trail, looking to the SE across Pool A as this afternoon's rain clouds move on. 4/21/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 20, 2016: Dutchman's Breeches

A few Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) are also found in the new growth at the savannah woods. 4/20/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 19, 2016: Virginia Bluebells


Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) have begun to bloom in the savannah woods (south side of the Park). 4/20/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 18, 2016: Sky Bridge


Shared from the Ada Hayden Park Facebook Page, 4/18/16
Photograph by Easker Studio

April 17, 2016: Inuksuk


The rising sun shines through the Inuksuk, located NW of the bridge. 4/14/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 16, 2016: Star Trails Over AHHP


Shared from the Ada Hayden Park Facebook page. 4/11/16 (Photograph by Thomas Kearney)

Photo at:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208837833880167&set=a.1147553766043.23258.1143536152&type=3&theater

April 15, 2016: Ring-necked Pheasant


A male Ring-necked Pheasant had been visiting the backyard off-and-on for some time.  Usually he would be under the bird feeders, but today he was up close, just below the living room picture window. 4/10/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 14, 2016: Bloodroot



Bloodroot flower buds had been present for several days.  Today was the first time that the flowers were open. 4/10/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 13, 2016: Sunrise


Before heading over to Reiman Gardens for the annual "Day of Insects", I decided to complete one lap (actually a figure-8) around the main lakes.  Upon arrival I caught this sunrise over the south lake.  It's been many days since the waters were this calm. 4/9/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 12, 2016: Dark-eyed Junco


Our wintering Dark-eyed Juncos (Slate-colored form) will soon be leaving us for their nesting grounds up north. 4/7/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 11, 2016: Tree Swallow


This Tree Swallow was checking out the nesting box, located adjacent to the Purple Martin housing complex (located west of the bridge).  Since Tree Swallows are more aggressive in protecting their nesting area, they may add some more protection to the martins.  Hopefully Purple Martins will nest this year in the white structure. 4/3/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 10, 2016: Song Sparrow


Song Sparrows can be found throughout the Park, with the males singing at every opportunity.  This species does nest here. 4/3/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 9, 2016: Storm Clouds


A NE view across the south lake showing the passing storm clouds (in between the intermittent showers) on Thursday afternoon. 4/8/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 8, 2016: Red-tailed Hawk


This Red-tailed Hawk, found at the entrance to the bluff spur, is probably in its second year.  Note that the tail is not yet red. 4/5/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016: Red Admiral


One of three Red Admirals found at the bluff on the 4th. 4/4/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 6, 2016: Pied-billed Grebes


Pied-billed Grebes have been common on the main lakes and also on a few of the pools and ponds in the wetland complexes. 4/5/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 5, 2016: Blue-winged Teal


This drake Blue-winged Teal as found in Pool F's outflow channel.  Being camera shy, he and his mate took flight immediately after this shot. 4/4/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 4, 2016: Wolf's March 2016 Wildlife Report


Mallards are one of the more common waterfowl species found almost year-round at the Park.  This drake was observed on the north lake. 3/21/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

A total of 75 avian species (plus 2 sp.) was recorded this month, ranking this month as the 4th highest March among 19 years of records. 

Based on citations in the 3rd Edition of “The Birds of Story County, Iowa,” by Stephen J. Dinsmore and Hank Zaletel (2001), plus my personal updates to the records, all of the following tie for the extreme early Spring record for Story County: American Woodcock (7 Mar 1983 at Ames), Eastern Phoebe (18 Mar 2012 at AHHP), and Tree Swallow (17 Mar 2012 at AHHP).  The single Yellow-rumped Warbler found on the 25th may set a new extreme early record for Story County (former record set on 31 Mar 2012 at AHHP).

Listed below, following the species’ names, are the date(s) of sighting(s), plus the occasional miscellaneous information regarding numbers, gender (♂=male, ♀=female), age (im=immature, ju=juvenile, abp=adult breeding plumage, ad=adult, anb=adult non-breeding), color phase (b=blue, w=white), and location (BY=back yard, FY=front yard).  The order follows the 55th Supplement (2014) to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds and the 14th Supplement to the 7th Edition (1998).

AVIAN
     GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: 2 (70+), 4 (80+), 6 (22+), 9 (~100), 11 (14), 12,
          14 (~200), 24 (~100)
     SNOW GOOSE: 6 (2 w), 8 (1 w), 24 (2 w)
     ROSS’S GOOSE: 13 (1)
     CACKLING GOOSE: 8 (2)
     CANADA GOOSE: 1-31
     TRUMPETER SWAN: 2 (2 ad)
     WOOD DUCK: 1 (12♂ + 7♀), 2 (5♂ + 2♀), 5 (2♂ + 1♀), 8 (2♂ + 2♀), 12 (1♂ + 1♀),
          15 (3♂ + 1♀), 18 (1♂ + 1♀), 19, 20 (1♂), 22 (2♂ + 2♀), 23 (2♂), 24 (2♂ + 1♀),
          25 (1), 28 (1), 29 (2♂ + 2♀), 30 (9♂ + 4♀)
     GADWALL: 5 (1♂), 8 (1♂ + 1♀), 9 (1♂), 10 (1♂ + 1♀), 14 (1♂ + 1♀), 17 (3♂ + 2♀),
          18 (12), 19 (2♂ + 2♀), 20 (6♂ + 6♀), 21 (6♂ + 5♀), 22 (8♂ + 5♀), 23 (12+),
          24 (41+), 25 (4), 26 (6+), 27 (28+), 28 (4), 30 (7), 31 917)
     AMERICAN WIGEON: 5 (3♂ + 2♀), 18 (1♂ + 1♀), 20 (7♂ + 3♀), 22 (5♂ + 4♀), 24 (4),
          27 (5)
     AMERICAN BLACK DUCK: 2 (1♂)
     MALLARD: 1-31
     BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 22 (1♂), 25 (4), 27 (6), 28 (7), 29 (9), 30 (18+), 31 (3)
     NORTHERN SHOVELER: 1 (1♂ + 1♀), 7 (1♂ + 1♀), 10 (1♂ + 1♀), 15 (11♂ + 4♀),
          16 (2♂ + 2♀), 18 (1♂), 19 (1♂ + 1♀), 20 (3♂ + 2♀), 22 (3♂ + 1♀), 24 (15♂ + 12♀),
          25 (15+), 26 (6), 27 (13), 28 (6), 29 (4), 30 (13+), 31 (8)
     NORTHERN PINTAIL: 2 (1♂), 5 (63 + 2♂ + 1♀), 6 (7), 8 (1♂), 15 (2♂ + 2♀),
          18 (1♂ + 1♀), 20 (2♂ + 2♀), 27 (1♂)
     GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 10 (2♂), 2 (2♂ + 2♀), 5 (1♂), 8 (2♂ + 1♀), 11 (3+),
          18 (4♂ + 1♀), 20 (3♂ + 3♀), 21 (1), 22 (13+), 23 (10+), 24 (20+), 25 (14), 26 (5),
          27 (14), 28-29 (4), 30 (15+), 31 (8)
     CANVASBACK: 1-2 (1♂ + 1♀), 3 (1♂ + 2♀), 4 (23♂ + 14♀), 5 (2♂), 20 (1♂ + 1♀)
     REDHEAD: 1 (1♂ + 2♀), 2 (1♂ + 1♀), 3 (7♂ + 4♀), 8 (15), 11 (4♂ + 5♀), 20 (3♂ + 2♀),
          22 (1♂ + 1♀), 25 (2♂), 27 (5)
     RING-NECKED DUCK: 1 (1♀), 2 (12♂), 3 (28♂ + 6♀), 5 (1♂), 6 (14♂ + 1♀),
          7 (17♂ + 13♀), 8 (49+), 9 (63+), 11 (50+), 14 (11♂ + 5♀), 15 (162+), 17 (16♂ + 5♀),
          18 (12), 20 (34+♂ + 30+♀), 21 (56+), 22 (13+♂ + 12+♀), 23 (19+), 25 (65+),
          26 (42+), 27 (32+), 28 (97+), 29, 30 (11+), 31 (9)
     LESSER SCAUP: 7 (2♂), 8 (73+), 10 (6♂ + 3♀), 15 (13♂ + 5♀), 18 (5♂ + 1♀),
          19 (1♂), 20 (6+), 21 (8+), 22 (12+), 23 (27+), 24 (69), 25 (85+), 26 (38+), 27 (98+),
          28 (84+), 31 (122)
     BUFFLEHEAD: 8 (1♂), 20 (3♂ + 2♀), 22 (1♂ + 1♀), 24 (3♂ + 3♀), 25 (3♂ + 2♀)
     COMMON GOLDENEYE: 7 (1♀)
     HOODED MERGANSER: 1 (1♂ + 1♀), 2 (1♂), 3 (1♂ + 1♀), 4 (6♂ + 2♀), 8 (1♂ + 1♀),
          9 (1♂), 18 (3♂ + 3♀), 19 (2♂ + 1♀), 20-21 (1♂ + 1♀), 23 (1♂ + 1♀), 24 (8♂ + 5♀),
          31 (1♀)
     RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: 13 (2♂), 15 (7♂)
     RUDDY DUCK: 6 (2), 7 (1), 8 (1♀), 10-14 (1♀), 18 (1♀), 19 (5), 26 (2), 27 (48+), 28 (3),
          29 (1♂), 30 (2)
     RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 (2♂), 2-3, 4 (1♂ BY), 5 (5), 9-11, 12 (1♂ BY),
          13 (1♂ BY + 1), 14, 15 (1 + 1♂ BY), 18, 19 (1♂ BY + 2), 21-22, 24, 26 (1♂ BY +),
          27 (1♂ BY + 3), 29, 30 (+ 1♂ BY), 31
     COMMON LOON: 21-22 (1 abp), 23-24 (4 abp), 25 (3 abp + 1 in transition to bp [t]),
          26 (4 abp + 1 t), 27-28 (3 abp + 1 t)
     PIED-BILLED GREBE: 8-10 (2), 11-15 (3), 16 (1), 18-23 (2), 24-25 (3), 26-27 (1),
          28-29 (2), 30 (10), 31 (11)
     GREAT BLUE HERON: 10-12 (1), 15 (1), 17 (1), 19-20 (1), 22 (3), 23 (6), 24 (4),
          25-26 (2), 27 (1), 28 (2), 29 (1)
     TURKEY VULTURE: 20 (5), 22 (1), 24 (2), 26-27 (1), 28 (2), 29 (9), 30 (6), 31 (17+)
     BALD EAGLE: 2 (1 ad), 3 (1 ad + 1 im), 5 (1 ad), 6 (1 ad + 1 im), 7 (1 ad), 23 (1 ad),
          25 (1 ad), 27 (1 ad), 31 (1 ad)
     NORTHERN HARRIER: 24 (1♀)
     SHARP-SHINNED HAWK: 15 (1 im BY)
     COOPER’S HAWK: 3 (1), 5 (1 BY), 11 (1 ad), 24 (1), 27 (1), 31 (1)
     Accipiter sp.: 6 (1 BY)
     RED-TAILED HAWK: 1-2 (2), 3-4 (1), 5 (2), 6 (1), 8 (1), 10 (1), 11 (2), 15 (1), 18 (2),
          19-20 (1), 21 (5), 22 (2), 23 (1), 24 (4), 25 (2), 26 (3), 27-29 (1), 30 (2), 31 (1)
     AMERICAN COOT: 7 (2), 8 (4), 9 (2), 10 (5), 11 (3+), 14 (2), 15 (3), 16 (2), 18 (2),
          20 (8+), 22 (14+), 23 (8+), 24 (23+), 25 (9), 26 (10), 27 (3), 28 (4), 30 (30+), 31 (106)
     KILLDEER: 1 (2), 6 (1), 7 (3+), 8 (1), 9 (3), 10 (4), 11 (2), 15 (2), 26 (1), 30 (1)
     AMERICAN WOODCOCK: 7 (1), 15 (1)
     RING-BILLED GULL: 5 (1), 6 (16), 7 (3), 9 (1), 10 (3), 19 (27), 22 (1), 23 (4), 24 (3),
          27 (1), 30 (1)
     EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE: 27 (1), 30 (1)
     MOURNING DOVE: 1 (1 BY), 2 (2), 3 (1), 5, 6 (2 BY), 7, 9-20, 22, 24-31
     BELTED KINGFISHER: 1 (1♂), 3 (1), 12 (1♀), 15 (1), 17 (2), 18 (1), 19 (1♀), 23 (1),
          25-27 (1)
     RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 2, 5, 9, 13, 17, 25-28
     YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 31 (1 BY)
     DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1-2, 6-7, 10-16, 18, 20-22, 25-27, 29-31
     HAIRY WOODPECKER: 3, 6, 13-14, 22
     NORTHERN FLICKER (Yellow-shafted): 14 (1), 18 (1), 20 (1), 24 (1), 26-28 (2), 30 (2),
          31 (1)
     NORTHERN FLICKER (Red-shafted): 26 (1)
     AMERICAN KESTREL: 1-2 (1♂), 10 (1♂), 12 (1♂), 14 (1♂), 20 (1♂), 23 (1♀),
          24-25 (1♂)
     MERLIN: 24 (1♀)
     EASTERN PHOEBE: 18 (1), 29 (1)
     BLUE JAY: 2, 5-7, 10-11, 13-15, 17-19, 24-27, 30
     AMERICAN CROW: 1-20, 22-27, 29-31
     TREE SWALLOW: 17 (3), 26 (6), 28 (5), 30 (6), 31 (5)
     BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE: 1-31
     WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 6, 10-11, 13-15, 18-20, 22, 25-26, 28-29
     BROWN CREEPER: 26 (1)
     GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 26 (3)
     RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET: 15 (1)
     EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 11 (2♂ + 2♀), 12 (3♂ + 1♀), 13, 14 (1♂ + 1♀), 16 (1♂ + 1♀),
          17 (1♂), 22 (1♀), 25 (1♂ + 2♀), 26 (1), 28 (1♂)
     AMERICAN ROBIN: 3 (1), 7-31
     EUROPEAN STARLING: 1-5, 7-10, 12-19, 21, 26-27, 30-31
     YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Myrtle): 25 (1)
     AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 1 (7), 2 (15+), 3 (7), 4 (1), 5-6 (2), 10 (1 BY), 11 (1),
          12 (1 BY), 13 (6+), 14 (1 BY), 16-17 (2), 18 (2 BY + 1), 20-21 (1 BY), 23 (4), 24 (3),
          26 (1 BY), 28 (1 BY), 30 (1 BY)
     FOX SPARROW: 8 (3 BY), 14 (1), 21 (3), 23 (3), 25-26 (1 BY), 27 (1 BY + 2), 30 (1)
     SONG SPARROW: 9-10 (4), 11 (6), 12 (2), 13 (7), 14, 15 (10+), 16, 17 (8), 18 (9),
          19 (11+), 20 (1), 21 (3), 22 (8), 23 (10), 24 (13+), 25 (10+), 26-31
     DARK-EYED JUNCO (Slate-colored): 1-3, 5, 6-7 (1), 8 (1 BY + 4), 9 (2 BY), 10 (1 BY),
          11 (4), 12 (4 BY + 1), 13 (6 BY + 2), 14 (4 BY + 2), 15 (6 BY), 16 (7 BY + 4),
          18 (6 BY + 14), 19 (5 BY), 20 (2 BY), 21 (7 BY + 1), 22 (3 BY), 23 (6 BY + 1),
          24 (4 BY + 5), 25 (4 BY + 2), 26 (2 + 5 BY), 27 (4 BY + 5), 28 (8 BY + 2), 
          29 (2 BY + 2), 30 (3 BY + 21), 31 (2 BY + 2)
     NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1-31
     RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD: 1-22, 24-31
     EASTERN MEADOWLARK: 26 (3)
     RUSTY BLACKBIRD: 9 (1)
     COMMON GRACKLE: 6 (2 BY), 7 (6+), 8-31
     BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD: 1 (5♂), 17 (25+ ♂), 19 (1♂), 27 (11♂)
     blackbird sp.:4, 9
     HOUSE FINCH: 1-31
     PURPLE FINCH: 29 (1♂ BY)
     AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 6-7 (1 BY), 10-11 (1 BY), 12-13 (2 BY), 14, 15 (1 BY), 16
     HOUSE SPARROW: 1-31

MAMMALIAN
     AMERICAN MINK: 6-7 (1)
     WHITE-TAILED DEER: 3 (6 BY), 9 (9 BY + 7), 13 (1), 15 (9), 18 (3 BY + 4),
          19 (10 BY + 7), 22 (1), 23 (9), 27 (1 BY), 31 (2)
     FOX SQUIRREL: 3-5, 7-19, 21-22, 25-31
     EASTERN CHIPMUNK: 16 (1), 20 (1)
     MUSKRAT: 9 (1), 22 (1)
     EASTERN COTTONTAIL: 1, 3-6, 9-10, 12-24, 26-28, 30-31

REPTILIAN
     PLAINS GARTER SNAKE: 26 (1)
     garter snake sp.: 17 (1)
     NORTHERN PAINTED TURTLE: 7 (4+), 8 (11+), 9 (4), 10 (17), 11 (35+), 12, 14-17,
          21-22, 25 (3), 28-31
     RED-EARED SLIDER: 10 (3), 11 (4)

AMPHIBIAN
     BOREAL CHORUS FROG: 7-18, 20-31
     AMERICAN BULLFROG: 22 (6), 30
     NORTHERN LEOPARD FROG: 6 (1), 15 (1)

LEPIDOPTERA
     PEARL CRESCENT: 31 (1)
     EASTERN COMMA: 28-29 (1)
     MOURNING CLOAK: 8 (1), 16-17 (1), 21-22 (1), 25 (1), 28-30 (1)
     RED ADMIRAL: 25 (1)
     WOOLLY BEAR (Isabella Tiger Moth): 6 (1)

ODONATA
     VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK: 29 (1)

Wolf. Oesterreich

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 3, 2016: Jensen Pond


An eastward across view across Jensen Pond.  These two Canada Geese may be nesting in the immediate area. 3/30/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 2, 2016: Turkey Vulture


Turkey Vultures have been streaming northward over the Park since 20 March.  This one was caught over Pool C, checking for an easy meal. 4/1/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

April 1, 2016: West Slope


Looking northward along the west slope & the Upland Trail, towards the north slope (on the right). 3/31/16 (Wolf. Oesterreich)