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Bear Swamp and McIlroy Preserve, May 19th 2012

- By Carl Steckler

On Saturday May 19 Meg, I and seven brave souls braved the possibility of gnats, tics, chiggers and blood sucking carnivorous flying beasts, all to find the elusive bird.  We visited Bear Swamp and the Dorothy McIlroy Preserve to see what we could find.

Our first stop was the parking area off Iowa Road on Bear Swamp road. The sounds of birds surrounded us and after spending two hours without leaving the parking area we saw or heard 18 species. Not bad for an area of about  75 feet square.

We saw:

Turkey Vulture
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Chipping Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

We also heard:

Wood Thrush
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager

We then went to Dorthy McIlroy Preserve and walked the loop.. We saw or heard 21 species.

Birds Seen:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Alder Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Tree Swallow
Gray Catbird
Magnolia Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Birds Heard:

Ring-necked Pheasant
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Black-throated Green warbler
Northern Waterthrush

All in all a great day, many thanks to: Suan,Leishmania, Becky, Sue, Clause, Robert, Meg and Rick, great birders.