Check out what we saw on a late July walk at Beechwood.
And be sure to join us every Wednesday morning at 9 am for another walk.
As we approach those dog days of summer where the decline of bird song (save a few exceptions like the constant “Drink Your Tea” of the towhees) is readily apparent, today’s free weekly walk at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve did reveal some nice species of birds.
Our group of intrepid birders that braved the heat and humidity were treated to two immature Red-shouldered Hawks calling near Beechwood’s pond, only to draw in the local crows that were clearly unhappy with their presence. In fact, one of the more interesting observations was watching the resident Cardinals, Robins, Towhees, and Catbirds, uttering their various warning calls in response to these two birds.
Other highlights of the walk today were two calling Indigo Buntings along our Goldenrod Trail, with one of these sparkling, metallic blue birds singing from an exposed branch, and giving the group some great looks. The other highlight’s include some brief “chip burs” of a male Scarlet Tanager, a lone calling Eastern Phoebe, 5 Chimney Swifts swirling overhead with what appeared to be recently fledged birds, and 3 Barn Swallows.
Other birds found at Beechwood today include: Turkey Vulture (1), Eastern Towhee (4), Blue Jays (one doing a spot-on Red-shouldered Hawk call), Crows, Carolina Wren, chickadee sp., Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatch, Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrows, Canada Geese, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Cedar Waxwings.
And while we’re still about 3-4 weeks away from the start of fall migration, if you’re interested in enjoying late summer native wildflowers, Beechwood filled with bright-pink blooms of Joe Pye Weed, Orange Jewelweed, and soon will be see of yellow from the Goldenrods.