Field trip report - Galway Nature Preserve


Ten of us visited Galway Nature Preserve Sunday morning for an HMBC field trip.   The first birds of the day were right in the preserve parking lot:  an Eastern Phoebe with a large insect in its bill, a swooping Tree Swallow, and a vocal Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  Oddly enough, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker seen by some members of the group were the only woodpeckers we encountered all day. 


Warbler species were rather sparse.  We heard several Ovenbirds, Common Yellowthroats, and Chestnut-Sided Warblers, and enjoyed nice views of the one of the Ovenbirds on a snag.  We heard but did not see Indigo Bunting, and most of the group observed a singing Scarlet Tanager.


For the second year in a row, an Eastern Wood-Pewee’s nest was found, albeit in a different location from last year. 


Other highlights included a Broad-Winged Hawk flying over a pond; singing Veery and Wood Thrush; and a Bobolink in the adjacent farm fields.


Thanks for Naomi for compiling the eBird report below.


Galway Nature Preserve, Saratoga, New York, US

Jun 17, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     HMBC field trip

33 species (+2 other taxa)


Mallard  5

Great Blue Heron  2

Turkey Vulture  1

Northern Harrier  1     circling high over fields

Broad-winged Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  3

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

diurnal raptor sp.  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  3

Empidonax sp.  1

Eastern Phoebe  1     Nesting in eaves of shed

Red-eyed Vireo  3

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  2

Tree Swallow  3

Black-capped Chickadee  2

Tufted Titmouse  3

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

House Wren  1

Veery  2

Wood Thrush  2

Gray Catbird  7

European Starling  2

Ovenbird  6

Common Yellowthroat  4

Chestnut-sided Warbler  4

Song Sparrow  3

Scarlet Tanager  1

Northern Cardinal  3

Indigo Bunting  1

Bobolink  1

Red-winged Blackbird  9     Estimated

Brown-headed Cowbird  3

Common Grackle  2

American Goldfinch  6


-Ellen P.

West Charlton

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