After a short break, the weekly report is back, and the trail has been more active than ever in 2018!

This past week marked the beginning of the first-ever weekly Trailblazers Nature Clubs! Grades 3-5 meet on Tuesday and grades 1 & 2 meet on Thursdays.

Tuesday was rainy so we didn't hit the trail. Instead, we spent our time inside studying bird sounds to prepare to go out next week! Many of the students in the grades 3-5 club are long-time Trailblazers a...


Activity is definitely picking up on the BSES Nature Trail! This week yielded 24 species for the property. 

One Pileated Woodpecker was seen flying over the BSES building. I first heard the bird on the east side of campus, then I observed it fly right overhead and over school towards the nature trail. I was unable to refind the bird, but I heard it singing in the neighborhood around Spring Meadow Lane. 

Eastern Bluebirds were most certainly thinking spri...


Spring migration is *almost* here for songbirds! Over the next few weeks, songbirds will begin to sing more frequently and even act more brazen as they engage in territorial duels with other birds. It should make my morning walks more birdy, and the species totals the last two weeks alone are showing an increase in activity. 23 species seen on my weekly walk on the trail!

While the songbirds prep for their next step, some birds are already migrating, courtin...


An unseasonably warm morning paired with an after school Trailblazers event made for a super birdy week here at BSES! We tallied a whopping 28 total species for the week!

Common Mergansers were seen flying over the BSES Nature Trail heading northeast! This observation represents a fourth record for the property. All four records are from winter, and three of the four records are from February with one record from January. 

A second record for 2018, one Merlin...


This past week was an active week in birding at BSES! We had many exciting birds in the gym on Thursday, but we also had quite a few on the trail, too!

When I arrived for my weekly walk, there was a bunch of activity in upper parking lot. House Finches & Song Sparrows were heard and seen foraging among the trees and shrubs. Also, there was a large bustle of American Crow activity on the trail with some flying over but many perched in the forest behind the re...


The 5th Annual Trailblazers Christmas Bird Count proved to be another exciting year of birding and citizen science!!!

We had a grand total of 23 birders out on the nature trail to complete our annual Saturday survey. Temperatures were admittedly pretty brutal this year so hats off to all who came and were able to brave the cold. This year's count was not our coldest, but the constant high winds made counting difficult and more than likely impacted our specie...


My final weekly walk of the year yielded 23 species of birds plus one noteworthy species of mammal!

Neither the cold morning nor the construction wrap-up seemed to hamper bird activity on the trail. The pipeline work has been complete, and although there were no folks, there are construction materials that are staged for removal. Please leave those items be, and please be sure to keep the hay that was laid down on the trail to help the grass regrow later thi...


It was a cold and crisp morning on a snow-covered nature trail! We are awaiting another snowfall this afternoon, and temperatures seemed to reinforce the storm's impending arrival.

When I arrived, I was greeted by construction equipment being stored at the trailhead. There is an improvement project on the pipeline in the gas line cut so there was a good amount of noise and even car traffic on the main path of the trail! If you are visiting the trail over the...


Mr. BQ is BACK after a two week absence with the weekly report!

With daylight savings time behind us, there is a lot more light in the mornings for good birding. The light still isn't plentiful enough for great photography, but this Friday morning was loaded with bird activity as I walked the trail. Not only were there a lot of individual birds, but there was a good diversity with 21 different species.

Songbirds were present but hard to observe. Lots of chip...


This week's notes are dominated by one species in particular: the American Robin!

When I arrived for my weekly walk, they were everywhere I looked. Every turn I made, I flushed groups of American Robins. Everytime I raised my binoculars or camera to the trees, robins would pour out to perch elsewhere. This was great practice in photographing American Robins, but it was also a great exercise in studying their individual variation. I was able to muster up an e...

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