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Park Preserve, May 20th 2012

- By Laura Stenzler

On Sunday, May 20, 15 enthusiastic birders joined me for a Cayuga Bird Club walk around the Finger Lakes Land Trust's Roy H. Park Nature Preserve in Dryden.  Immediately upon entering the preserve, we heard Prairie Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler.  A few minutes later we were treated to a high flying Green Heron, which slowly circled above us, posing nicely for in-flight photos.

We heard more birds than we actually saw, but eventually we enjoyed an amazing view of a Prairie Warbler, which perched and sang from the top of a small evergreen.  We had it in the scope and loads of photos were taken.  We also enjoyed scope views of Indigo Bunting as well as decent looks at a Blue-winged Warbler.  During the walk we heard many Magnolia Warblers, a number of Prairie Warblers, Canada Warblers , Blackburnian Warbler (these last two frustratingly close but invisible!), Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler , Eastern Towhee, Scarlet Tanager, Winter Wren (seen by a few) and Hermit Thrush.  Some from the group heard Barred Owl calling and most of us heard and then saw two Black-billed Cuckoos.  We heard what was probably a Cape May Warbler singing from the spruces, as well as Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Ebird list (42 species):

Canada Goose  3
Ruffed Grouse  X
Green Heron  1
Black-billed Cuckoo  2
Barred Owl  X     Heard
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  X
Pileated Woodpecker  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Blue-headed Vireo  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
Winter Wren  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
Hermit Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Ovenbird  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  X
Blue-winged Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X
Cape May Warbler  X     Probable, heard but not seen
Magnolia Warbler  X
Blackburnian Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  X
Canada Warbler  X
Eastern Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Field Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Scarlet Tanager  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
American Goldfinch  X