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Location
Falls Twp. Community Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:58 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
4
Duration:
3 hour(s), 42 minute(s)
Distance:
2.61 mile(s)
Observers:
Bruce E Beans List , Sandy Bauers List , Stephen Kacir
Comments:
DVOC Field Trip to Falls Township Community Park
Observers: Bob Bauers, Sandy Bauers, Bruce Beans, Steve Kacir
Notes: Windy and cold, despite the 60F forecast for later in the day. Gulls were ever present; though, not roosting in huge numbers during the field trip as one might hope. Immediately after I closed this checklist, over a thousand gulls descended on the water, but no new species were observed (only the four species reported herein: Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull). We made the best of the conditions by walking around Falls Township Lake and taking a brief side-trip along Wheatsheaf Road to view the water in what I presume is a quarry on the east side of the road. That quarry was holding at least 450 Common Mergansers, plus a few other species of waterfowl. By walking around the park, we had the opportunity to sample the gull flock as the birds dropped in to roost on the water. A much briefer visit might have provided only a fraction of a snapshot of the gull population, which at times was only a handful of birds and culminated in over a thousand gulls right after the field trip ended (of course!). Plus, we got the chance to intersect our paths with the local waterfowl and passerines, not to mention the raptors.


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Species
34 species (+3 other taxa) total
160
Canada Goose
4
Mute Swan
15
Mallard
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female 1
Sex Unknown
5
Mallard (Domestic type)
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 3
Female
Sex Unknown
7
Bufflehead

One was on Falls Township Lake, and the rest were in the quarry east of Wheatsheaf Road.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 2
Female 2
Sex Unknown
1
Hooded Merganser

Adult male in the quarry east of Wheatsheaf Road.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
500
Common Merganser

Counted by fives.
Count includes early flyover records seen while birding Falls Township Lake, and a count of 450 in the quarry east of Wheatsheaf Road. Flyby mergansers seen after the quarry count were assumed to be part of that large flock.

2
Pied-billed Grebe

Both on Falls Township Lake.

3
Mourning Dove
14
American Coot (Red-shielded)

Some on both bodies of water.

© Stephen Kacir

3
Killdeer

One seen poorly, and at least three heard calling back and forth. All appeared to be in the area of the first parking lot overlooking Falls Township Lake.

150
Ring-billed Gull

Counted by fives.
Ring-billed Gulls Video

© Stephen Kacir

350
Herring Gull

Counted by tens.
Herring Gulls & Great Black-backed Gulls Video

© Stephen Kacir

5
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Careful Count.
Adult: 1, Third Winter: 1

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 1
43
Great Black-backed Gull

Careful Count.
Herring Gulls & Great Black-backed Gulls Video

1
Sharp-shinned Hawk

First winter male that flew in, and made an attempt to capture a Mourning Dove perched in a bush on the shore of Falls Township Lake.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
2
Bald Eagle

Adult 1, Immature 1

Adult Bald Eagle flew over Falls Township Lake, distressing the entire gull flock on two occasions. Presumably the same bird, but the number of eagles in the area is very high, and we could have easily been observing two different adults.

Immature Bald Eagle was roosting on a gravel bar in the waters of the quarry east of Wheatsheaf Road. Backlighting precluded an attempt to accurately age that bird, but I suspect it was at least two years old.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 1
2
Red-tailed Hawk

One heard only, and an adult flying through the gull flock. Both at Falls Township Lake.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 1
1
Downy Woodpecker

Perched on a bush at the edge of Falls Township Lake.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
4
Blue Jay
10
American Crow
35
Fish Crow
2
crow sp.
5
Carolina Chickadee

Part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

4
Carolina Wren

One was part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

7
American Robin
1
Northern Mockingbird

Part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

6
European Starling
4
House Finch

Includes two birds that were part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

8
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

Part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

15
White-throated Sparrow

Includes a few individuals that were part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

3
Song Sparrow
5
Red-winged Blackbird

At least one was part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
4
Common Grackle

Present with a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake; although, the grackles were mainly perched at the top of the trees and appeared to not be actively foraging.

2
Northern Cardinal

Part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

5
House Sparrow

Part of a mixed flock foraging in a woodlot on the east side of Falls Township Lake.

 

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