Notes from a Birding Hike at Avery Farm
Saturday, October13, 2018
A group of about ten intrepid hikers braved a somewhat dreary and rainy day on a GOSA sponsored birding walk at Avery Farm South. The walk was led by Pat Tamborra, who was enlisted by old friend and Fraternity brother Jim Anderson.
We started by walking up the closed section of Lambtown Road toward the marsh. A loudly singing Carolina Wren in the distance greeted us as we started. We were treated to a pair of Swamp Sparrows foraging in the brushy field near the road. We continued till we got good views of the marsh. Canada Geese, Mallards, and a flying Wood Duck were present. An Eastern Phoebe was seen and finally several Yellow-rumped Warblers were observed by some in the group. We then walked back the way we came.
Threat of harder rain caused us to walk toward the stone bridge and beaver deceiver. A good mixed feeding flock was observed. Ruby-crowned and a Golden-crowned Kinglet, White Breasted Nuthatch, a special treat Red Breasted Nuthatch, Chickadee, Tufted Titmice, one Palm Warbler and more Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen. The group continued across the bridge and to the power line cut. There we found a larger flock of about a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers foraging in the vegetation. I think that everyone in the group could finally see why these little birds deserve the nickname Butterbutt. Also seen was a White-throated Sparrow. Perhaps the highlight of the morning was the appearance of a Coopers Hawk. This type of smaller hawk preys upon small birds. Yes, the other birds quickly flew off or ducked for cover.
Rain, cold, and threat of more concluded the walk. Considering the weather, it was a very good day. Another walk will be planned in the spring which should yield many more and exciting birds.