It was a very busy week on the trail!!!! Between the nature trail cleanup, my weekly walk, and the Trailblazers Nature Exploration, there was a lot of birding going on the nature trail this week. In fact, I was able to submit four eBird checklists for the trail this week!
Now that daylight savings has passed, the mornings offer up more lighting for photography! With a total of 33 species recorded this week, there were quite a few notable birds.
The most noteworthy highlight for the week was one Common Raven heard over the outdoor classroom area during the nature trail cleanup! We were unfortunately unable to see the bird as it was high above the treetops, but we heard its unmistakable croaking as it sounded like it was being mobbed by a flock of American Crows. This observation represents the second record of this species ever on the trail and a first for the fall season.
Red-shouldered Hawk was observed twice this week with individuals on 11/4 and 11/7. These two observations represent the 15th and 16th record of this species on the trail, but these are the first records of this species on the trail in the month of November.
At the Trailblazers Nature Trail Exploration for Grades 1-2 on 11/9, we observed roughly 2000 Common Grackles as they passed over the recess yard! This flock was so low and close that we could hear the "whoosh" of their wingbeats when they came over us. We were able to get multiple looks at the flock as they moved along the treetops of the main trail.
Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets continue to dominate the scrub shrub habitat along the main trail. Check out the area at the base of the Basswood Tree, which is on the other side of the trail from the meadow.
33 Species for the Week: