Field Observation 5: Centennial

5:46 to 7:15 pm on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Today was raining and 40oF. I decided to go on a walk around Centennial, primarily to explore the marshy habitat close to Route 89. The walk started off on a great note, as soon as I got out of the car I was greeted with a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker. I was not able to identify whether the magnificent specimen was a male or female, but he/she skirted around the edge of the parking lot, teasing me by drumming on the opposite side of the tree from where I was standing.

After walking into the woods, I was greeted by 3 Black-capped Chickadees, a group of Song Sparrows, two Blue Jays and two American Crows. The Black-capped Chickadees and Song Sparrows were happily foraging in a brushy, marshy area while the American Crows and Blue Jays were jeering loudly from a distance away. It sounded as if a raptor was present and they were attempting to chase it away.

Then it started pouring. I had meandered to the far side of Centennial so I started back, not expecting to see anyone. However, as I was just about to leave the woods, I heard a small chip. I turned just in time to see a small brown bird fly to a tree near me. After it landed, I was able to identify it as a Brown Creeper!! I was super excited, even though I had seen a group of 4 of them the day before. They are one of my favorite birds – I love their trill-like song and how they pick their way up trees, searching for snacks. It was a wonderful way to end my bird walk.

Posted by jpupko jpupko, April 18, 2018 06:24

Observations

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No photos or sounds

What

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

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What

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

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No photos or sounds

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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

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No photos or sounds

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Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

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No photos or sounds

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Observer

jpupko

Date

April 17, 2018

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