04/30/11 – Cary Institute Hike

Common Grackle

The second location I stopped at was Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, specifically Fern Glen and the Bacon Flats.

At Fern Glen, I mainly took scenery shots because there wasn’t much wildlife to see this time around.  There was an eastern painted turtle on the pond, and I heard a chipping sparrow singing in a tree, but not much else.

Then, I went to the flats to do a quick hike around the loop.  Its a paved, road that can be driven on, but I much prefer walking the loop instead.  I’ve had good sightings here in the past, but this afternoon, there wasn’t much that I didn’t already see at Buttercup Farm.  It was still a nice day, and I took scenery photos on the flats as well.  Photos will be posted in a few days! 🙂

Full sighting / sounds list:

  1. Common Merganser
  2. Red-tailed Hawk
  3. Belted Kingfisher
  4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  5. Northern Flicker
  6. Pileated Woodpecker (heard only)
  7. Eastern Phoebe
  8. Blue Jay
  9. American Crow
  10. Tree Swallow
  11. Barn Swallow
  12. Black-capped Chickadee
  13. House Wren
  14. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
  15. Eastern Bluebird
  16. Veery
  17. American Robin
  18. Gray Catbird
  19. Northern Mockingbird
  20. Yellow Warbler
  21. Eastern Towhee (heard only)
  22. Chipping Sparrow
  23. Song Sparrow
  24. Northern Cardinal
  25. Red-winged Blackbird
  26. Common Grackle
  27. American Goldfinch
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