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


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



Several on Hudson River

Ring-billed Gull


Peregrine Falcon


Northern Mockingbird


Great Horned Owl

Brief glimpse by a small group

American Black Duck




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.