06/25/10 – Vassar Farm Hike

Took another drive to Vassar Farm after work today.  I was there from about 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  It was definitely a great day for hiking and wildlife!  Highlights include green herons, brown thrashers & american kestrels.  I managed to get photos of all of them plus much more, so expect a decent sized gallery in the coming days.  Full sighting list after the break.

I have to point out that the mowed grass trail near the community gardens has been a great place to get great looks at bluebirds, orioles & warblers.  I saw a pair of brown thrashers there today, as well as warbling vireos and red-winged blackbirds.

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck (several juveniles at the eco ponds)
  3. Mallard (several juveniles at the eco ponds)
  4. Green Heron (2 at ponds near entrance)
  5. Turkey Vulture
  6. Red-Tailed Hawk
  7. American Kestrel (2 near the U-shaped bend in the fields)
  8. Killdeer
  9. Mourning Dove
  10. Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  11. Downy Woodpecker
  12. Northern Flicker
  13. Great Crested Flycatcher
  14. Eastern Kingbird
  15. Warbling Vireo
  16. Red-Eyed Vireo
  17. Blue Jay
  18. American Crow
  19. Tree Swallow
  20. Barn Swallow
  21. Black-Capped Chickadee
  22. White-Breasted Nuthatch
  23. House Wren
  24. Eastern Bluebird
  25. Wood Thrush
  26. American Robin
  27. Gray Catbird
  28. Northern Mockingbird
  29. Brown Thrasher (3 adults, 1 juvenile)
  30. European Starling
  31. Cedar Waxwing
  32. Blue-Winged Warbler
  33. Yellow Warbler
  34. American Redstart
  35. Common Yellowthroat
  36. Eastern Towhee
  37. Field Sparrow
  38. Song Sparrow
  39. Northern Cardinal
  40. Red-Winged Blackbird
  41. Common Grackle
  42. Brown-Headed Cowbird
  43. Baltimore Oriole (2 adults, 1 juvenile)
  44. House Finch
  45. American Goldfinch (dozens of males and females in the fields)
  46. House Sparrow

Notable birds not seen today:

  • Belted Kingfisher (normally seen at entrance ponds, but did not spot any today)
  • Great Blue Heron (normally seen at one of the ponds at Vassar Farm)
  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (normally seen at wooden bridge near eco ponds)
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