06/17/10 – Peach Hill Park Hike

Peach Hill Park is a great place to go walking and bird watching.  In my opinion, it has the best views in Poughkeepsie.  It can be found off of the Salt Point Turnpike.  I am hoping to create a location section soon for all the great places go to in Dutchess County.

I went to there after work today from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The early evening started off pretty cloudy and was really quiet.  As the evening continued, the sun came out and that’s when things really came alive.  I was scared half to death by a turkey that popped out of the tall grass on the blue trail!  There were also a bunch of rabbits, some very young, and a few deer as well.  I have included my bird sightings after the break.  Pictures to follow in a few days.

Bird Sightings:

  1. Wild Turkey
  2. Red-Tailed Hawk
  3. Mourning Dove
  4. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
  5. Downy Woodpecker
  6. Northern Flicker
  7. Alder Flycatcher (ID’d by song, seen by pond)
  8. Eastern Kingbird
  9. Warbling Vireo
  10. Blue Jay
  11. American Crow
  12. Tree Swallow
  13. Black-Capped Chickadee
  14. Tufted Titmouse
  15. House Wren
  16. Wood Thrush
  17. Gray Catbird
  18. Northern Mockingbird
  19. European Starling
  20. Cedar Waxwing
  21. Blue-Winged Warbler
  22. Yellow Warbler
  23. Common Yellowthorat
  24. Eastern Towhee
  25. Field Sparrow
  26. Song Sparrow
  27. Northern Cardinal
  28. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  29. Red-Winged Blackbird
  30. Common Grackle
  31. Baltimore Oriole
  32. American Goldfinch
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