Although the afternoon heat weighed heavy on the crew, we tallied an impressive total of 22 species on the Nature Trail on Bethel Springs Elementary School! We had many of our usual birds that nest at BSES, but we did have a few surprises along with lots of good looks.
Highlights of the walk included first an Eastern Bluebird perched in a tree nearby its nesting box. This pair of Eastern Bluebirds has been nesting in the box in the meadow on the trail. Also, we had our first of the year Indigo Bunting for the trail make its presence known by singing from the nearby treetop! It was a very handsome male that were able to see through the scope. We heard singing Baltimore Oriole and Great-crested Flycatcher, but the most notable bird of the walk was the singing Yellow-throated Vireo by the Naaman's Creek sign. This observation of this species represnets the first record of this species on the nature trail giving this bird the proud distinction of species #120. This is our fifth new species for the year on the trail!
Overall, we had an awesome afternoon loaded with exciting species and great looks! This was our last event for grades 3-5 for the school year so we will see everyone again this summer at Trailblazers Adventure and High Adventure Summer Camps!!!!
Bethel Springs E.S.--Nature Trail May 18, 2017 3:40 PM Traveling 0.60 miles 55 Minutes All birds reported? Yes Comments: Checklist taken from Trailblazers Spring Migration Bird Walk for grades 3-5. Oppressive heat with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Mourning Dove 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Yellow-throated Vireo 4 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 3 Barn Swallow 1 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 2 Eastern Bluebird 5 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 4 Cedar Waxwing 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Song Sparrow 1 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 1 Indigo Bunting 1 Baltimore Oriole