Checklist S14260216

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Owner Cole Winstanley

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  • 8
  • 2.3 mi
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Survey by NWR Volunteers Will Martens, Zena Casteel, Cole Winstanley, Jalen Winstanley, Dave Henkels, Larry Warfield, Nickilas Paulson and Alan Bragg. Clear day, started windless in the 50's and ended in the high 60's and very windy.
Photo's by Jalen at The photos from the survey today are in this flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/sets/72157633743776970/

Observations

  1. Number observed: 47
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 4 43
  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 15
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 6
    Female 4
    Sex Unknown 5
  4. Number observed: 15
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 3 12
  5. Number observed: 4
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 3 1
  6. Number observed: 7

    Details: 4 in flyover

  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 5
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 220

    Details: Careful 360 degree independent counts by Cole and Nicholas.

  12. Number observed: 3
    Media:
  13. Number observed: 1
  14. Number observed: 2
  15. Number observed: 2
    Media:
  16. Number observed: 5
  17. Number observed: 6
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 35

    Details: included flyby two skeins of 21 and 11

    Media:
  20. Number observed: 1
  21. Number observed: 10
  22. Number observed: 1
  23. Number observed: 1
  24. Number observed: 1
  25. Number observed: 5

    Details: one pair

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown 3
  26. Number observed: 1
  27. Number observed: 1
  28. Number observed: 2
  29. Number observed: 2
  30. Number observed: 2
  31. Number observed: 2
  32. Number observed: 4
  33. Number observed: 6

    Details: 2 by tower, 2 far end of Upper impoundment, 2 at the holt

  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 2
  36. Number observed: 10
    Breeding Code: CN Carrying Nesting Material (Confirmed)
  37. Number observed: 9

    Details: 2 on nests
    From Larry Warfield's Survey Photos 5-27-13

    Breeding Code: ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
  38. Number observed: 1
  39. Number observed: 1
  40. Number observed: 8
  41. Number observed: 2
  42. Number observed: 10
    Breeding Code: C Courtship, Display, or Copulation (Probable)
  43. Number observed: 1
  44. Number observed: 31
  45. Number observed: 13
  46. Number observed: 11
  47. Number observed: 6
    Media:
  48. Number observed: 1

    Details: ***MEGA: At 5:50, soon after Jalen and I (Cole) arrived at the refuge, we noticed a medium-sized flock of swallows circling around the observation platform. To our amazement, this flock turned out to be mostly Bank Swallows (There were at least 13, probably more like 20-25 in the refuge today, the most of these we've ever seen at once). We also noticed the Cliff, NRW, Barn (mostly juveniles), and Tree swallows mixed into the flock, in smaller concentrations. This flock was very skittish, flushing off of the platform whenever so much as a goose called. Each time the flock took off, it would mix with other swallows over the impoundments, changing the numbers of each swallow species in the flock. At 6:06 a goose chase (actually) ensued and the flock flushed further than they had been. When they returned, they were reluctant to land (probably because it was starting to get warm with the sun). This time there were the most CLSWs that we had yet seen at one time (6) and we noticed an odd-looking "Cliff Swallow" mixed in, loosely associating with the other CLSWs. When the Cliff Swallows separated from the Bank Swallows and headed left over the dike, I told Jalen that we needed to get on that bird. That bird separated from the CLSWs and headed toward the river for 15 yards or so and then headed back to the right over the dike and back towards us. When the bird went below the tree line over the lower impoundment was when we had the first looks at the plumage marks on the bird (and the first photos). The first thing that I noticed was the tawny/pale rufous (I'm not really sure how to describe the color) rump, confirming that it was a a Petrochelidon swallow. Then when it banked, turning toward us, I saw the orangish forehead, rather than white, which is what first made me think Cave. Knowing that that the throat was another major field mark, I looked there and noticed that it was very light tawny, rather than the deep red of the nearby CLSWs. In fact, the throat was lighter than the forehead, a trait not even matched by the Southwestern/Mexican subspecies of Cliff. At that point I was exclaiming the bird's plumage, mark by mark. to Jalen. Meanwhile, he was doing a very nice job tracking the bird and getting excellent identification photographs (swallows are tough!) The photos also reveal light gray streaks on the flanks, contrasting somewhat with the whitish belly. Also, confirming that the bird is an adult (I don't think a juvenile CLSW is possible this early, but then again there were juvenile barn swallows here today!) there are two white streaks clearly visible on the back of the bird in the photos. Well, I found out today that species comments are limited to 4000 characters. The full comment, including some notes about condition, behavior, and the ID process, is posted on this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrine_falcon/8857021063/in/set-72157633743776970/ Here are the photos:

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  49. Number observed: 2
  50. Number observed: 13

    Details: careful count. along riverside dikes and along RR bed.

  51. Number observed: 12
  52. Number observed: 2
  53. Number observed: 2
  54. Number observed: 1
  55. Number observed: 1
  56. Number observed: 14
  57. Number observed: 4
    Breeding Code: CN Carrying Nesting Material (Confirmed)
  58. Number observed: 1
  59. Number observed: 11
  60. Number observed: 3
  61. Number observed: 14
    Breeding Code: CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
  62. Number observed: 5
  63. Number observed: 1

    Details: beautiful view as it flew by the observation deck.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female
    Sex Unknown
    Media:
  64. Number observed: 9
  65. Number observed: 50
  66. Number observed: 1
  67. Number observed: 90
    Breeding Code: ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
  68. Number observed: 1

    Details: near kiosk in lower impoundment

  69. Number observed: 17
  70. Number observed: 3
  71. Number observed: 1
  72. Number observed: 10

    Details: two occupied nests

    Breeding Code: ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
    Media:
  73. Number observed: 1
  74. Number observed: 2
    Breeding Code: CN Carrying Nesting Material (Confirmed)
  75. Number observed: 2
  76. Number observed: 3
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 2
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
  77. Number observed: 3
Additional species seen by Nickilas Paulson:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by William Martens:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by L Warfield:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Alan Bragg:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Dave Henkels:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by GM_NWR_Concord Survey_Team:
  1. Cliff/Cave Swallow

    Number observed: 1
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