Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Great Crested Flycatcher

April 13th

Headed over early to Babcock -Webb Wildlife Management Area for the trifecta - Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, Backman's Sparrow and Brown-Headed Nuthatch. The woodpeckers were very cooperative at the first colony on Oil Well Road.  Had three active woodpeckers included a young bird picking throuh the gravel on the road. Also had a Bachman's Sparrow present by the colony. Found a a singing male later on that morning. The Brown-Headed Nuthatch has much harder to locate.  Several other birders I talked with were also dipping on the nuthatch. But I managed to locate one shortly before heading to home.  For some reason this little bird was stalking a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  Following him from limb to limb. Eastern Towhees and Great-Crested Flycatchers were plentifull. A young Bald Eagle was observed setting in a snag. Missed on any warblers and northern bobwhites.

Great Crester Flycatcher at Babcock-Webb

My List - Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Common Moorhen, Sandhill Crane, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jay, Fish Crow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Towhee, Bachman's Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird

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