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Owner Liam Waters

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  • 7.13 mi

Calm; overcast with the occasional rain drop; 43°f; focus was on counting RECR and RBNU, so walked the bluff loop to the old pasture trail, up and down the summit and then the vernal pool loop (with a short spur down Everett rd towards the poor farm) to the pepperbush loop and back to the parking lot. Then made a few stops along the parkway on my way out. Seemed to have more crossbill action early, with only 4 flocks after about 10am (and a lot of good habitat). Experimented with playback a little with mixed results. Had absolutely no effect on one flock that flew into a patch of trees, but did partially bring in a couple of other flocks. Joined by Jim Sweeney until the vernal pool loop and Matthew halfway through the bluffs.

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  1. Number observed: 19
  2. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *late. Flushed from a thicket in the overgrown clearing on the vernal pool trail and flew back a ways before landing again. A very neat surprise. Plump bird with long bill and orange tail.

  3. Number observed: 2
  4. Number observed: 2
  5. hawk sp.

    Number observed: 1
  6. Number observed: 5
  7. Number observed: 11
  8. Number observed: 10

    Comments: Covered a lot of ground.

  9. Number observed: 1
  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *surprise flyover at nature center. Low and heading N

  12. Number observed: 61
  13. Number observed: 17
  14. Number observed: 5

    Comments: 4 and 1.

  15. Number observed: 153

    Comments: *high. Pretty careful tally along the walk.

  16. Number observed: 116

    Comments: *high. Pretty careful tally.

  17. Number observed: 2

    Comments: *Seems astonishingly low for mileage covered.

  18. Number observed: 243

    Comments: ***very high. Trying to tally as accurately as possible, but that’s much easier said than done. Not much enticement was used, and in the places it was used, at least double the passive number came in. You could tell if the pines had cones by whether on not there were RBNU calling since they were very vocal in every patch of pines with cones. Over 140 on the vernal pool trail alone.

  19. Number observed: 49

    Comments: *high. A few not associating with white pines, but most were. Near exact.

  20. Number observed: 16

    Comments: *not as high as it could’ve been. A few pairs.

  21. Number observed: 1
  22. Number observed: 2
  23. Number observed: 1
  24. Number observed: 67
  25. Number observed: 4
  26. Number observed: 46

    Comments: Almost exclusively around the nature center.

  27. Number observed: 9

    Comments: One perched in a yard, the rest flyovers

  28. Number observed: 63

    Comments: **high. *all flock numbers below are estimates; mostly of unseen or poorly seen birds* The purpose of the day was to find and record RECR flocks and I actually had some success. First flock of ~7 flew over as I was getting out of the car soon arrival but I did manage to get a recording (mostly type 2). Then had a flock of 11 at the start of the Billings trail (1 and 10) heading towards the nature center. Unseen flocks of 2 (unrecorded) and 3 (unrecorded) passed over along the cistern trail (start of the bluff loop), with flocks of at least 18 (mostly 1 and 10 seen feeding on white pines) and 6 (unrecorded) along the bluffs themselves. Then had flocks of 9 and 7 (with at least 35 AMGO) in one patch of pines along the pepperbush loop. Getting back to the car I had another flock fly over the parking lot (heading across the street to the pines trail area) of about 13 (unrecorded). Additional flocks of 8, 10, 4 and 6 weren’t counted because of high potential of double counting. A surprising lack of them along the vernal pool trail, maybe because that’s where the highest RBNU densities were?? If you bothered to read my notes and add up the flocks you would have reached 76 -- this is the number that I feel is hands down the most accurate. If the other flocks I had (but didn't count) were taken into account, then there would've been 104 which is absolutely not out of the question. Did see a male feed either a female or a juv, but it was too backlit to tell which.

    Breeding Code: P Pair in Suitable Habitat (Probable)
  29. Number observed: X

    Comments: Recordings. Seemed to be mixed in with type 10 in most of the flocks, but smaller numbers.

  30. Number observed: X

    Comments: Recordings. Seemingly only in one flock, so only about 5-7 individuals.

  31. Number observed: X

    Comments: Recordings. The most common type.

  32. Number observed: 12

    Comments: 2 at the base of the parkway hill, the rest either mixed with RECR and AMGO flocks in the pines or single flyovers

  33. Number observed: 119

    Comments: *high. A few large flocks feeding in the pine cones plus scattered flyovers. Undoubtedly undercounted.

  34. Number observed: 4

    Comments: *high. 3 together along the start of the vernal pool trail where an oak fell near the trail in the middle of the pines. Seemed like a strange spot to have one, never mind 3. The 4th was in a yard along the parkway.

  35. Number observed: 81

    Comments: A few scattered in with BCCH, TUTU, RBNU flocks in the canopy.

  36. Number observed: 33
  37. Number observed: 7
  38. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Pepperbush trail

  39. Number observed: 24

    Comments: Flybys at the bluffs and around the nature center

  40. Number observed: 5
  41. Number observed: 3

    Comments: Nature center

  42. Number observed: 1

    Comments: *vernal pool trail

  43. Number observed: 16
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