Birds at Troy Meadows, Oct. 27, 2012

Roger Johnson, Jeff Ellerbusch and I birded Troy Meadows from mid-morning into the early afternoon. Areas covered include the Troy Meadows Road section and the fields along South Beverwyck Road accessed via the parking area with the kiosk. Sparrows are abundant. Hawks were migrating overhead despite the east-southeast winds. An Eastern Meadowlark was a nice surprise in the field along South Beverwyck Rd.

Some of the approximately 60 species were:
Northern Harrier – 5, including an adult male “Gray Ghost”
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 4
Cooper’s Hawk – 6
Bald Eagle – adult
Red-shouldered Hawk – 4
Red-tailed Hawk – 9
American Kestrel – 2
Merlin – 1
Eastern Phoebe – 4
Brown Creeper – 2
Winter Wren – 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 5
Hermit Thrush – 3
Cedar Waxwing – 49
Palm Warbler – 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4
Field Sparrow – 10 (conservative)
Vesper Sparrow – 3 near the old skeet shooting area of Troy Meadows Rd.
Savannah Sparrow – 18
Fox Sparrow – 3, at least
Song Sparrow – 72
Lincoln’s Sparrow – 2
Swamp Sparrow – 31
White-throated Sparrow – 55
White-crowned Sparrow – 4
Dark-eyed Junco- 17
Eastern Meadowlark – 1
Rusty Blackbird – 2
Purple Finch – 7
Pine Siskin – 273 – they are everywhere – 200 in one group.

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