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Field Trip Report 12/3/2019 Seaboard Grade

Trip Report – Seaboard Grade 12/03/2019 By Phyllis Cady

Tree Swallows fly over the march - by Deb Peterson

Tree Swallows fly over the march – by Deb Peterson

Red-shouldered Hawk - by Deb Peterson

Red-shouldered Hawk – by Deb Peterson

It turned out to be a beautiful day, cool but sunny.  Twelve hardy birders showed up dressed warmly with jackets and hats, but we shed our coats as the day warmed up.  Seaboard Grade is in the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area and intersects with Tucker’s Grade road.  As we started out down the road it was very quiet and we only saw a few Blue Jays, a berry eating Flicker, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  As it warmed up the pines and oaks along the road were filled with Warblers, Robins, Woodpeckers, Gnat-catchers, Swamp sparrows, and Wrens.  The canals along the road had Anhingas, Night-herons, Common Yellowthroats and a watchful alligator.  By the time we got to the marsh area there were hundreds of Tree Swallows flying low over the marsh grasses.  There were Sandhill Cranes nesting and a Northern Harrier was gliding low over the marsh in the sunshine.

Little Blue Herons flew over, a Boat-tailed Grackle showed his iridescent colors in the sunlight, and it was hard to tear ourselves away from that scene and head back to the cars.  Several continued on down the road and added a Hairy Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren to our list but the rest of us turned back.  We added a Limpkin and a Red-shouldered Hawk on the drive back to the pay station and had a total of 47 species!  This was the highest count I have had on a PRAS Walkabout anywhere… it must have been the excellent birders that joined us today.  Thanks to everyone who came out for this walk.  Photos by Deb Peterson.

Bird list follows:

  1. Anhinga

  2. Blackbird, Red-winged

  3. Cardinal, Northern

  4. Catbird, Gray

  5. Cormorant, Double Crested

  6. Crane, Sandhill

  7. Eagle, Bald

  8. Egret, Great

  9. Flicker, Northern

  10. Gallinule, Common

  11. Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray

  12. Grackle, Boat-tailed

  13. Grackle, Common

  14. Grebe, Pied-billed

  15. Harrier, Northern

  16. Hawk, Red-shouldered

  17. Heron, Great-blue

  18. Heron, Green

  19. Heron, Little Blue

  20. Heron, Tricolored

  21. Jay, Blue

  22. Ibis, White

  23. Killdeer

  24. Kingfisher, Belted

  25. Limpkin

  26. Mockingbird, Northern

  27. Night-heron, Black Crowned

  28. Phoebe, Eastern

  29. Robin, American

  30. Sapsucker, Yellow bellied

  31. Shrike, Loggerhead

  32. Sparrow, Swamp

  33. Stork, Wood

  34. Swallow, Tree

  35. Vireo, Blue-headed

  36. Vulture, Turkey

  37. Warbler, Palm

  38. Warbler, Pine

  39. Warbler,Yellow-rumped

  40. Warbler, Yellow-throated

  41. Woodpecker, Downy

  42. Woodpecker, Hairy

  43. Woodpecker, Red-bellied

  44. Woodpecker, Pileated

  45. Wren, Carolina

  46. Wren, House

  47. Yellow-throat, Common

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