Birders spot 102 species
Still, nine volunteers showed up with binoculars and their field- identification guides and a total of 102 species were counted, one more than last year.
Volunteers including Wayne Munns, B.J. Whitehouse, Marcie Lindsey, Margie Hemp, Barbara Carton, Cassie Sisti, Bob Bowen and Chris and Candy Powell. Also, Connie Thomas and Evelyn Rhodes reported from home.
As it turned out, after a few rainy hours, the weather slowly improved throughout the day. The noon tally was 95 species, but afternoon and home observers added seven more to bring the total once again above 100. (Record is 110 in 2001.) Additions in the afternoon included the green heron, peregrine falcon, sanderling, indigo bunting, purple finch, brown thrasher, and white-crowned sparrow. Highlights of the day were a Swainson’s thrush at the north end, three peregrine chicks being fed by an adult in the nest box under the Newport Bridge, eastern bluebirds at Fox Hill farm, surf scoters at Beavertail, a Tennessee warbler at Taylor’s Point, and the indigo bunting at Beavertail.
The most popular species were the American Robin (172), red- winged blackbird (149), double- breasted cormorant (133) and the yellow warbler (111). Species seen once were the red-throated loon, black-crowned night heron, sanderling, northern flicker, Swainson’s thrush, Tennessee warbler, green heron, yellow-crowned night heron, spotted sandpiper, bank swallow, white-breasted nuthatch, chestnut-sided warbler, purple finch, bobolink, white- crowned sparrow, orchard oriole, indigo bunting, field sparrow and the northern waterthursh. Six ospreys were spotted.
Other notable finds included six ospreys, five great egrets, 11 mourning doves, five ovenbirds, two turkey vultures, 29 Canada geese, four red-tailed hawks, two rock pigeons, seven ruby-throated hummingbirds, eight downy woodpeckers, 11 Baltimore orioles and two warbling vireos.