Trip Report, Rockland Audubon Society

 

Trip: Croton Point Park

 

Date: February 21, 2010

 

Leader:  Carol Weiss

 

Participants: Dan Albantides, Zenon Bachir, Drew Ciganek, Peter Johnson, Frank Kemmer, Veronika Krause, Caroline McDonald, Pat Murray, Howie Olsen, Jim Previdi, Tom Rowe, Julia Warger, Alan Wells, Della Wells.

 

Weather: Pleasant, spring-like day; temperatures in the mid-40s.

 

Highlights: Definitely the Red-headed Woodpecker. They are a very rare sight in the lower Hudson River Valley. And for some, the brief glimpse of the Great Horned Owl was a real treat. Sorry about the rest of us!

 

Lowlight: Not realizing that the previously reported Orange-crowned Warbler was still present and that we didnít look for it! No sign of the Long-eared Owls.

 

 

Common Name

Comments

Fish Crow

At the train station

Red-tailed Hawk

Close looks at one that landed directly over the trail

Canada Goose

 

American Crow

 

Song Sparrow

 

White-throated Sparrow

 

White-crowned Sparrow

Several near Park Office, seen by Drew

American Tree Sparrow

Several on grass near Park Office

White-breasted Nuthatch

 

Downy Woodpecker

 

Blue Jay

 

Northern Flicker

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

Tufted Titmouse

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

Red-headed Woodpecker

Juvenile, near model airplane field

Mourning Dove

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Several throughout campground and pines

House Sparrow

 

Bald Eagle

At least 2 adults, 4-5 juveniles

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Northern Cardinal

 

Hairy Woodpecker

 

Black-capped Chickadee

 

Carolina Wren

 

Bufflehead

Several on Hudson River

Ring-billed Gull

 

Peregrine Falcon

Fly-by

Northern Mockingbird

 

Great Horned Owl

Brief glimpse by a small group

American Black Duck

 

Mallard

 

Ruddy Duck

 

Rock Pigeon

 

European Starling

 

Common Merganser

Croton River, at train station

Mute Swan

Croton River, at train station

Herring Gull

Croton River, at train station

Great Black-backed Gull

Croton River, at train station

 


 

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Figure 1. Got owls???Searching in vain for Great Horned Owls. Carol, Della, and several others eventually found one. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 2. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker sunbathing near the model airplane field. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 3. Red-breasted Nuthatches were surprisingly numerous. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 4. Red-bellied Woodpecker about to snack on breakfast. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 5. Red-tailed Hawk that flew in just over our heads. Photo by Alan Wells.

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Figure 6. One of many Northern Mockingbirds seen this season.Photo by Alan Wells.

 

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Figure 7. In this period of economic hardship, Della makes a plea to save our Parks! Photo by Alan Wells.