Saturday, February 26, 2011

Penn State Wildlife Society: Birding Middle Creek WMA 2/26/2011

Today, the Penn State Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society took a trip to Middle Creek WMA to bird and observe the huge flocks of Snow Geese. I started a tally of bird species from the time we met on campus until we got back. We ended up seeing 45 species total for the trip, with 16 species of waterfowl and 9 species of raptors. Highlights include Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, Cackling Goose, Snow Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Redhead, and Northern Pintail. Most of the students on the trip have never been birding before, so it was nice to teach them some species ID and overall life history of different species. Here is a complete list from today followed by a few photos:

male Northern Harrier

Snow Geese in flight

Snow Geese

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Tundra Swan
  3. Snow Goose
  4. Canada Goose
  5. Cackling Goose (Richardson's)
  6. Mallard
  7. American Black Duck
  8. Northern Pintail
  9. American Wigeon
  10. Northern Shoveler
  11. Green-winged Teal
  12. Redhead
  13. Ring-necked Duck
  14. Bufflehead
  15. Hooded Merganser
  16. Common Merganser
  17. Bald Eagle
  18. Turkey Vulture
  19. Black Vulture
  20. Cooper's Hawk
  21. Northern Harrier
  22. Red-shouldered Hawk
  23. Red-tailed Hawk
  24. American Kestrel
  25. Peregrine Falcon
  26. Ring-billed Gull
  27. Herring Gull
  28. Mourning Dove
  29. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  30. Northern Flicker
  31. Downy Woodpecker
  32. Blue Jay
  33. American Crow
  34. Fish Crow
  35. Black-capped Chickadee
  36. Carolina Chickadee
  37. Tufted Titmouse
  38. White-breasted Nuthatch
  39. Eastern Bluebird
  40. European Starling
  41. American Tree Sparrow
  42. White-throated Sparrow
  43. Song Sparrow
  44. Dark-eyed Junco
  45. Common Grackle

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