Thursday, January 27, 2011

State College Area

Nate Fronk, Dave Cornman, and I decided to bird around State College this morning from 7:00 to 10:00. We started off by going after a Merlin that has been reported near Boalsburg. We searched for the bird for about a half hour and came up empty, then decided to bird Walnut Springs park for Wilson's Snipe that has been reported recently. We spent about an hour birding at Walnut Springs and came up with a decent amount of species and a few new Centre County year birds (as well as birds for my Big Year). We did not find the snipe, but we did have a Hairy Woodpecker and the usual winter residents.
Hairy Woodpecker at Walnut Springs (1/27/2011)
From there, we headed to the Duck Pond and picked up Bufflehead for our Centre County year lists. The Redhead that has been there for a while now is still present as well as the usual American Coots, Mallards, and Canada Geese.After searching the Duck Pond for about 10 minutes, we decided to bird Millbrook Marsh for a half hour. There, we picked up a Winter Wren which was a new big year bird for me, as well as a new Centre County bird.

Because there have been sightings of American Pipits at the Penn State Compost Area, we decided to search for them and came up with 5 individuals.
American Pipit at Penn State Compost Area (1/27/2011)
That rounded out our morning, but we did have a nice sized flock of Cedar Waxwings at our Apartment. They have been hanging out for a few weeks now.

Flock of Cedar Waxwings at State College Park Apartments (1/27/2011)
At the end of the morning, my total state and big year lists are up to 78 species and my Centre County list is up to 61 species.

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