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Owner Shane Sater

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Sevenmile Creek bird monitoring survey. 39 F at the beginning and 57 F at the end, but temperature rose higher than this during part of the survey. 5% high cirrus clouds, becoming clear. Sunny and calm, becoming variable between calm and light E breeze after 1138.

7 trains passed. At 1054, saw a doe White-tailed Deer a bit N of the stream in the E part of reach 3. Leaves at various stages of senescence on the chokecherries (some more or less bare) and Alnus incana; leaves red on Cornus sericea; turning yellow but mostly hanging on on Salix exigua and S. (eriocephala?). Many fruits still on Prunus virginiana and the few Rhamnus cathartica.

Bird notes: Incredible day for migrant passerines! 5 new spp.: NAWA, LALO, HETH, HASP, and PAWA. Other unusual detections were MERL, EVGR, and WTSP. First sightings of ATSP here for the fall; still a few LISP but no warblers except for the 2 rarities. Lots of foraging activity seen, especially around Prunus virginiana with AMRO, CEDW, HETH, and EUST; also AMGO in Alnus incana; WCSP, HASP, and SOSP in Cornus sericea; and presumably EUST in the field. Surprised to detect few raptors, especially compared to 15 October; scanned frequently for GOEA, etc., though "see" alarm calls from AMRO in late afternoon might indicate that I missed one or two. Thought I heard SACR once or twice, strangely, but was not able to confirm - if they were in the vicinity, I think they were flying over insanely high.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 0950, a pair flew upstream at ca 2x shrub height over the E end of reach 4. At 1705, saw a male and female on the bank of the western-most pond.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
  2. duck sp.

    Number observed: 4
  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard "scraip" call.

  4. Number observed: 2

    Comments: 2 seen at 1014 while in reach 4, fairly distant W, flying more or less S.

  5. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 1123, 1 flushed with "scaip" calls from the E-most "semi-"pond in reach 3 and flew downstream. At 1256, a snipe (long, straight bill) flushed from the stream 150 m above the diversion, flew downstream, and landed near the diversion. At 1739, I saw 1 WISN flying upstream over reach 4, low and descending; nonvocal.

  6. Scolopacidae sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 1057, an unidentified sandpiper (probably SPSA) - smaller and slimmer than AMRO, with dark wash on the chest - flew silently and directly upstream at 1.5x shrub height overhead in the E part of reach 3, then dove out of sight near the E-most, shallow, semi-pond area.

  7. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Adult seen at 1412, circling without flapping, high somewhat to the SW while near the raised hill.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
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  8. Number observed: 1

    Comments: First seen ca 1124 in flight over the E ponds in reach 3, ca 3x shrub height. Began circling, mostly gliding with a series of flaps ca every revolution. By 1127, it had gained substantial altitude and then it glided off to the SW on set wings, into the distance. Head appeared rather small and somewhat short, but I had ample time to observe wingbeats, which came from base of wing (stiff). Wings rather long, too, and tail with notable white band at tip. Based on seemingly small size and my initial uncertainty of whether it was really a COHA or a SSHA, I suspect it was a male.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 1
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  9. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *beyond property boundary*. Heard "clear" call SE of the start point at 0900.

  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 1044, a MERL (same individual as 15 Oct?) seen on power pole ca 400 m SSW of the reach 3/4 boundary, more or less near a residence. Continued to note its presence on the pole until 1129. When I checked again at 1136, it was gone, and then I saw it flying S of me near the bridge in reach 3, ca 2-3x shrub height, with steady quick wingbeats. Clearly saw medium brownish back color, like the MERL of the previous evening. Flew past a residence, then started circling in the distance; lost sight of it there, still low.

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  11. Number observed: 4
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  12. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 0900, 1 perched and cawed from an Alnus incana in reach 4. At 1742, 1 was perched and cawing in the riparian zone E of reach 4.

  13. Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 1438, 2 CORA soared vocally over the raised hill area; BCCH and AMRO gave some aerial predator-type alarms. Then at 1440, a third CORA seen soaring too.

  14. Number observed: 2

    Comments: 2 heard near reach 3/4 boundary, ca 1050. Heard a BCCH in the general vicinity of the stream near the raised hill, ca 1327. At 1611, in the vicinity of a thicket between the raised hill and the cross-fence, saw a BCCH hover and glean at a red, senescing Cornus sericea leaf. At least 2 BCCH in the vicinity; also saw 1 apparently branch-gleaning a couple times.
    At one point during the survey, I heard 1 BCCH sing briefly (in reach 1).

  15. Number observed: 2

    Comments: AT 1106, heard sweet clear calls from at least 2 HOLA in flight over the E part of reach 3, but did not locate visually. Ca 1240, heard HOLA in flight in the vicinity of the diversion.

  16. Number observed: 750

    Comments: Counted by 50s, including 150 *beyond property boundary*. A very conservative estimate - counted at 0905, when I saw at LEAST 750 in a huge flock in low flight near the field S of the creek and the shrub corridor near the creek, E of Head Lane. Saw many of them land in the hayfield and perch in shrubs. At 0911, saw 2 in a Russian-olive ca 100 m E of reach 4 in the sewage lagoon area.
    Ca 0940, saw ca 600 EUST perched on the chain-link fence near the start point or flying to that vicinity. At 1002, I counted 510 (by tens) EUST perched on utility lines along Head Ln, E of the start point.
    At 1418, 1 EUST seen in the vicinity of the AMRO and CEDW near a bare but fruit-heavy chokecherry thicket along the creek a bit upstream of the raised hill. EUST was perched low in a Lonicera tatarica. Earlier, also heard a BCCH in the general area. At 1628, I again saw a EUST in the same vicinity, now in the chokecherry thicket with the AMRO.

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  17. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Ca 1357, in the vicinity of Alnus incana and a mostly leafless but fruit-rich Prunus virginiana thicket along the stream, I saw ca 10 AMRO, vocalizing a lot. Saw several eat P. virginiana fruits whole. Also saw at least 2 CEDW eating P. virginiana fruits; also 1 seen sallying. Then a Catharus thrush seen backlit in the understory, which I later confirmed was a HETH. It was ca CEDW size, with gray back and pale underside with distinct dark spots. Followed in binoculars for ca 5-10 seconds, moving around among fallen P. virginiana leaves in the understory. Though the tail had a reddish gleam at one point, but lighting was bad and I thought I might have imagined it. Definitely not VEER due to spots; and I thought it was most likely HETH due to season. Waited until 1442, and got one more brief glimpse that was likely the HETH (heard emphatic "chup" calls); otherwise no further sightings. AMRO continued to feed.
    On the return at 1622, still saw a minimum of ca 20 AMRO perched between the raised hill and the cross-fence, feeding on chokecherry fruits. Heard 1 singing. Still heard occasional CEDW calls in the vicinity too. Then at 1626, I spotted the HETH again, in the same chokecherry thicket as before, but now using a few perched about 2-2.5 m high at the E edge of this thicket, still with ca 15+ AMRO in the vicinity. Clearly saw reddish tail in now much-better light. Nonvocal while I saw it; got photos.

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  18. Number observed: 35

    Comments: Including 1 singing. Ca 12 seen in flight at once at 0928, over reach 4. At 0934, 12 more flew to the NW. At 1345, saw 1 AMRO perched near the raised hill, and then ca 6 dove into a thicket 80 m E. Otherwise, up to this point, largely seen in flight. Ca 1357, in the vicinity of Alnus incana and a mostly leafless but fruit-rich Prunus virginiana thicket along the stream, I saw ca 10 AMRO, vocalizing a lot. Saw several eat P. virginiana fruits whole. Also saw at least 2 CEDW eating P. virginiana fruits; also 1 seen sallying. Then a Catharus thrush seen backlit in the understory, which I later confirmed was a HETH. Continued to observe until 1442 and AMRO continued to feed. I did hear "see" calls and saw little activity for a minute or two after I spotted the GOEA (1412). At 1438, 2 CORA soared vocally over the raised hill area; BCCH and AMRO gave some aerial predator-type alarms.
    On the return at 1622, still saw a minimum of ca 20 AMRO perched between the raised hill and the cross-fence, feeding on chokecherry fruits. Heard 1 singing. Still heard occasional CEDW calls in the vicinity too.

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  19. Number observed: 4

    Comments: Ca 1357, in the vicinity of Alnus incana and a mostly leafless but fruit-rich Prunus virginiana thicket along the stream, I saw ca 10 AMRO, vocalizing a lot. Saw several eat P. virginiana fruits whole. Also saw at least 2 CEDW eating P. virginiana fruits; also 1 seen sallying. Then a Catharus thrush seen backlit in the understory, which I later confirmed was a HETH. On the return at 1622, still saw a minimum of ca 20 AMRO perched between the raised hill and the cross-fence, feeding on chokecherry fruits. Heard 1 singing. Still heard occasional CEDW calls in the vicinity too.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 2 2
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  20. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 1117, a single AMPI flew W over the reach 3/4 boundary, ca 4x shrub height, calling. At 1708, heard a sharp "sip" call, saw and photographed 1 AMPI about 1 m high on a Salix stub at the edge of the new stream channel in reach 3.

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  21. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 1305, heard clear descending "tew" calls and saw 1 fly E overhead at ca 7-9x shrub height. Clearly saw white secondary patches. Heard another one farther S at the same time. 1 poor photo.

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  22. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 1222, heard distinctive "sweet?" calls over the W part of reach 3.

  23. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *beyond property boundary*.

  24. Number observed: 15

    Comments: At 1213, saw at least 7 in vocal flight over the W part of reach 3 at ca 3x shrub height. Between 1233 and 1243, saw a group of 12 or more foraging mostly on Alnus incana cones in and alder partly covered with Clematis ligusticifolia, ca 15 m above the diversion. At least 5 were still present there at 1250. Saw at least 1 nip a few apparently empty Clematis inflorescences off too. At 1302, likely the same AMGO flock flew overhead, up to the rocky draw, then back overhead with lots of "perchicoree" calls; counted 15 if not 16. At 1700, I was still hearing at least a few AMGO perched near the diversion, probably in an Alnus incana.

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  25. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 1047 at the reach 3/4 boundary, heard a single passerine make 2 different calls in flight a "pr-d-d-t" call with 4 or more syllables, dry and reminiscent of very long WETA call, and somewhat husky, downslurred "chew?" whistles. About the size of a VESP and roughly that color, a light tan-gray from what I could see of the underside. Kind of a gray/dusky wash across the breast. Definitely not SNBU (which I know has similar-sounding calls to LALO) - no white patches in wings. Might have had some white in the tail - couldn't tell. Flew to the E or SE at ca 2x shrub height with undulating flight. 1 poor photo. Then at 1100, I heard a similar long "pr-d-d-t" call, then saw and recorded a second individual in flight. Will examine photos and audio and confirm that I can rule out MCLO.

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  26. Number observed: 10

    Comments: At 1004, 1 ATSP flew up from grasses under a leaning Alnus incana in reach 4, perched in the same alder, then flew farther off. Called a few times. Initially about 6 m from me. Ca 1019, heard "tsip" calls from the vicinity of the red culverts and located 2 UNSP in small Alnus incana with leaves still, then another flew in from the N, then all 3 flew E to a large Elaeagnus angustifolia, then NE to a Prunus virginiana row. Got photos there - at least 1 was ATSP and I presumed all 3 were.
    At 1030 as I moved upstream, a sparrow (the same WCSP seen a few minutes before?) flew up from low near the stream into a small Elaeagnus angustifolia and made upslurred "seet" calls. It was joined by an ATSP from a leafless Alnus incana a bit farther upstream, which made unslurred, emphatic "tip" calls, then flew E. At 1145, saw another ATSP flying E at 1x shrub height in reach 3, then landing near shrubs near one of the E ponds. 2 more then flew in from farther upstream and made "tseep" calls from an Alnus incana at one of the middle ponds. Ca 1157-1201, I observed (probably the same) 2 ATSP near 1 of the middle ponds, close to each other, foraging low in small Alnus incana and Symphoricarpos occidentalis. Got photos of one. Ca 1205-1211, 3 more ATSP flew in from upstream and I observed them all (presumably) foraging around the pond. I watched one in particular, dabbing its bill in the shallow water at the far edge of the pond while perched on dead grass stems that were part-way in the water.
    At 1727, saw 1 ATSP fly up from dry grass on the streambank to the same Salix where the PAWA was (reach 4), calling.

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  27. Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 1025, 1 flushed ahead of me from bare ground above the stream, 15 m upstream of the red culverts, among Sisymbrium loeselii, (Kochia scoparia?), and Agropyron cristatum. Flew to a 1 m high, shrubby Alnus incana along the stream, then farther upstream after ca 1 more minute. Photos. At 1030 as I moved upstream, a sparrow (the same WCSP?) flew up from low near the stream into a small Elaeagnus angustifolia and made upslurred "seet" calls. It was joined by an ATSP from a leafless Alnus incana a bit farther upstream, which made unslurred, emphatic "tip" calls, then flew E. AT 1327, a juvenile flushed up into a Cornus sericea and then a Salix (exigua?) near a bend in the stream, 50 m E of the raised hill. Photos. Heard a BCCH in the general vicinity. At 1558, an immature/juvenile flushed from Agroypron cristatum and scattered Elymus cinereus 50 m W of the raised hill and flew to shrubs nearby, followed at 1559 by an unidentified sparrow. Then I heard a LISP make a "zeet" call nearby. At 1619, now about 40 m W of the raised hill, I saw a juv/imm eat a Cornus sericea fruit. At 1721, an adult flushed from the creek or creekbank vicinity about 15 m above the red culvert and landed in a small alder just downstream.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female
    Sex Unknown 2 1
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  28. Number observed: 3

    Comments: At 1447, 2 HASP flew up from mostly dry, ca 2/3 m tall Agropyron cristatum and A. (intermedium?) about 25 m E of the cross-fence and perched mostly hidden in a Salix exigua. Got a great look at one and finally both: large, richly patterned sparrows with speckled black band across breast and large pink bill. Heard (from them?) a single rendition of song with plaintive notes on a few pitches like WCSP, but with harsh chattered beginning. Then heard a few soft (contact?) calls - lispy like WCSP but seeming to drop a bit and then rise, like "seew?". Then both flew to a mostly bare Prunus virginiana nearby. At 1607, having waited several minutes, hearing scratching in the leaf litter near the creek, I saw a HASP appear about 1 m high in a Cornus sericea overhanging the creek, where I observed it grab a fruit before it flew out of sight in other shrubs. This was about 25 m E of the previous sighting. AT 1615, having stood still a while, I rounded a corner and clearly saw THREE HASP perched within 2 m of each other, about 1 m high in a Salix exigua, a bit SE of where I had previously observed 1. They flew on farther soon, but I got photos of 2 individuals.

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  29. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Photos and recording. Heard emphatic calls at ca 1627 in the same vicinity as the AMRO, CEDW, and HETH between the raised hill and cross-fence. Assumed the calls were HASP until the WTSP appeared in a Salix exigua, still calling a ringing "pink!"

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  30. Number observed: 2

    Comments: At 1304, 1 flew up from the vicinity of the creek to a nearby Rosa woodsii thicket (barely glimpsed) with a single "chimp" call; about 150 m below the rocky draw. At 1608, I observed a SOSP about 10 m away in a Cornus sericea a bit W of the raised hill (near where HASP just observed); saw it gulp a fruit.

  31. Number observed: 3

    Comments: A bit on the late side, I guess. Including 1 *beyond property boundary*.
    Heard distinctive "zeet" call from one, E of reach 4, at 0928. Ca 1040, a LISP flew up from near the photo point in reach 4 to small dead branches of an Alnus incana at the edge of the stream, mixed with Rosa woodsii. Preened a bit. Photos and video.
    At 1558, an immature/juvenile flushed from Agroypron cristatum and scattered Elymus cinereus 50 m W of the raised hill and flew to shrubs nearby, followed at 1559 by an unidentified sparrow. Then I heard a LISP make a "zeet" call nearby.

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  32. sparrow sp.

    Number observed: 1
  33. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *beyond property boundary*.

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  34. Number observed: 1

    Comments: First heard an unusual call and glimpsed at 0918, at which point I had not yet identified it. Pale yellowish overall - not COYE, YRWA, or WIWA. Not easy to observe. Heard and seen again, very briefly, at 0932 in a Prunus virginiana at the very E end of reach 4. Heard and seen again for about 1 minute at 0946, in a part-dead P. virginiana clump at the E edge of reach 4, apparently foraging, along with 1 ATSP. Flew up to a bare branch near the top a few times. Then flew SE out of sight, at least 100 m away. Small; I thought I saw sharp bill, and generally yellowish, including the breast and undertail coverts. I thought I saw grayish on the head and maybe white eyering. Very active and hard to get a look at it. At 0951, I heard calls again from likely the same warbler, from the E - sounded a bit similar to "tink" calls of ATSP (which I heard a bit earlier), but more emphatic, with a slightly COYE-like quality in that respect, but definitely sharper than the COYE call. Also heard "seep" flight calls before it flew into the same Prunus virginiana at ca 0945 - these calls reminded me of YRWA flight calls. Finally got some decent photos, though still not great views, and confirmed definitely a NAWA: very clear, complete white eyering and yellow chin.

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  35. Number observed: 1

    Comments: At 1723, when I was still ca 40 m distant, a small passerine flushed up (from grasses, I thought) and perched briefly in the open <1 m high on a horizontal branch of a large Salix (eriocephala?) clump about 80 m E of the red culverts. Noted a bit of yellow on the tail or rump; distinctive tail-wagging. From 1729 to ca 1732, I relocated the PAWA <.5 m high on the S side of the same Salix clump, bobbing its tail. It moved slowly along an area where the willow branches overhang bare ground down to the creek, then flew to an Alnus incana that was partly in the creek, then a Clematis ligusticifolia tangle on the bank. I worked my way a bit farther downstream after losing sight of it, but first saw it flick open tail feathers in a short flight and saw white "windows" on the outer rectrices. Relocated it briefly again, now perched ca 4 m from me and ca 2/3 m high in a senescing Ribes aureum. It then flew downstream a bit more and I lost sight of it near vertical dirt banks. Heard no calls. Apparently foraging.

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  36. passerine sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: Heard only - "jit-jit" calls near cross-fence. Not able to locate. A warbler?

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