Mar 29 2015
Nine of us braved the cold this morning at the Bartlett Shelter in Schenley Park. We didn’t see anything blooming in 20F degrees but it was sunny and the birds were active.
We saw three Best Birds: a fox sparrow sunning himself by the stream, a golden-crowned kinglet flitting in the treetops, and a male pileated woodpecker hammering a dead branch (unusual for Schenley). I checked my records for the fox sparrow. He’s the earliest I’ve seen in Schenley Park. They always arrive alone — usually April 4 to 9.
Here are the birds we saw and heard:
* Red-bellied Woodpeckers
* Downy Woodpeckers
* Northern Flicker (heard, not seen)
* Pileated Woodpecker, unusual in Schenley Park
* Blue Jays, abundant and loud
* American Crow, flyover
* Carolina Chickadees
* Tufted Titmice
* White-breasted Nuthatches
* Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1
* European Starlings
* Fox Sparrow, 1 by the stream
* Song Sparrows, singing
* Dark-eyed Juncoes, singing
* Northern Cardinals, singing
* Common Grackles
* House Finches
I’m so glad we went out this morning! If I hadn’t promised to be there I would have missed that fox sparrow.
The next outing will be Sunday April 26, 8:30am. Meet at the Schenley Park Visitors Center (near Phipps). Check here for details as the date approaches.
(photo of the outing group, 29 March 2015. !If I misspelled your name please let me know in a Comment!)