Al & Lois Richardson
Ten members participated in the 2nd fall Wednesday morning bird walk. Bark Haul Trail, usually good for migrating warblers was quiet - though not the mosquitos! We did manage to see a few Parulas, Redstarts, Yellow-rumps and a Magnolia Warbler flitting about in the leaves. Best bird here was a Black-billed Cuckoo. Pondside produced an American Wigeon and an American Coot, both swimming with the Wood Ducks.
The farm field ponds on West Road were still productive and we had very close views of Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpipers, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer. The trip concluded with a view of a Great Horned Owl sitting on the ground less than 25 feet from our cars. We ended with 41 species in all on the trip list.