05/06/11 & 05/07/11 – Vassar Farm Hike

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

I pulled double duty at Vassar Farm this time around!  In those two visits, I found and photographed two new birds and spotted or heard 65 different species.  I hiked nearly every trail, including the muddiest ones, to see what I would encounter.

Since I am so far behind on posting photos, I’ll spare you the normal notes/observations post.  I basically followed the same path both days (front pond, fields, eco ponds, trail behind field station).  If you have any questions on where I saw or heard any of the birds specifically, post a comment and I will let you know! 🙂

There is certainly some nice shots coming your way from these two hikes.

Full Sighting/Sounds List:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Common Merganser
  4. Wild Turkey
  5. Great Blue Heron
  6. Green Heron
  7. Turkey Vulture
  8. Cooper’s Hawk
  9. Red-shouldered Hawk (heard only)
  10. Red-tailed Hawk
  11. Solitary Sandpiper
  12. Mourning Dove
  13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  14. Downy Woodpecker
  15. Northern Flicker
  16. Pileated Woodpecker
  17. Flycatcher (most likely a least, but did not vocalize for confirmation)
  18. Eastern Phoebe (heard only)
  19. Great Crested Flycatcher
  20. Red-eyed Vireo
  21. Blue Jay
  22. American Crow
  23. Tree Swallow
  24. Northern Rough-winged Swallow (a first for photographs! # 113)
  25. Barn Swallow
  26. Black-capped Chickadee
  27. Tufted Titmouse
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch
  29. House Wren
  30. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  31. Eastern Bluebird
  32. Wood Thrush
  33. American Robin
  34. Gray Catbird
  35. Northern Mockingbird
  36. European Starling
  37. Blue-winged Warbler
  38. Northern Parula (heard only)
  39. Yellow Warbler
  40. Magnolia Warbler
  41. Black-throated Blue Warbler (a first for photographs! # 114)
  42. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  43. Black-throated Green Warbler (heard only)
  44. Prairie Warbler
  45. Black-and-White Warbler (first sighting ever, no photo)
  46. American Redstart
  47. Ovenbird (heard only)
  48. Common Yellowthroat
  49. Eastern Towhee
  50. Chipping Sparrow
  51. Field Sparrow
  52. Savannah Sparrow
  53. Song Sparrow
  54. White-throated Sparrow
  55. Scarlet Tanager
  56. Northern Cardinal
  57. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  58. Indigo Bunting (heard only)
  59. Red-winged Blackbird
  60. Common Grackle
  61. Brown-headed Cowbird
  62. Baltimore Oriole
  63. Orchard Oriole
  64. American Goldfinch
  65. House Sparrow
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2 Responses to 05/06/11 & 05/07/11 – Vassar Farm Hike

  1. Wow! What a wonderful day you had!
    The grosbeak is probably the one I am seeing. He has three females with him!
    I saw him again this morning but was doing yard work and my camera was inside.
    I am hearing all kinds of different songs while I work. Not sure what most of them are.
    I also have a hummingbird here in the yard………..

  2. Derrick says:

    The poor grosbeak in the photo got shooed away by another male further down the path. He flew right in front of me and just sang his little heart out. I probably took a good 50 photos of just him, you know, in case the other 49 came out bad. 😛

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