[midvalleybirds] SAS Shorts: Minto-Brown Island Park Scouting Trip Report

Mike Unger unger730 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 19 08:40:16 PDT 2019

                    WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 7:30PM*

*      SAS has been presenting  a summer evening walk for COMMON NIGHTHAWK
 for several years.*

This scout  on the evening of July 17 began at 7:28 PM and ended after 1.4
miles walk and time of 91 min. It is a  preparation scout for the date of
July 24.

5  COMMON  NIGHTHAWK were seen on the river side of this SHORT loop that
began at parking lot #3. As we walked out past the OSPREY platform nest
with one visible nestling seen and parent beside on nest edge, there was a
nice diversity of species for this cool breezy evening. The scout Included
journeying past the shed, then heading down the spur trail that goes to the
river. There was good start light with time of sunset ahead of us being
8:54 PM on this date.  We picked up vocal on 3 nighthawks at 8:42 PM. Peent
calls  and “boom” audibles were heard easily.

There was a generous breeze on this evening and suspicion we might miss
them as few insects were in the air, grasses or hedges.  Interestingly
enough the birds vocalized and were located and remained very high in the
sky. 3 remained together hawking for insects and 2 more birds  were seen
heading from the river trail to fly inland and at one point 4 nighthawks
over the river with high cloud backlight were seen.

     This evening scout  was  enjoyable finding the target species and
variety of passerine and water associated species.

Deer were present on the inland trail. Apples are seen ripening on the old
orchard trees and the known crabapple looked to be bearing future fruit for
autumn migrants.  Very enjoyable,as well, was a hawking bat, of visible
good size along the river edge nearby. Join us if you can for this
delightful SAS SHORT.

Because of recent events at the parking lot of Minto Brown city park it is
prudent, essential  and recommended that you remove all items from
visibility in your vehicle, and either take them with you,  leave them at
home and out of sight.

Join us if you can on July 24, 7:30 PM, Parking lot # 3.

Barbara Dolan

All taxa seen and heard:
7 Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima)
16 Mallard
1 California Quail
1 Mourning Dove
5 Common Nighthawk
7 Vaux's Swift
1 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Osprey
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Northern Flicker
3 Western Wood-Pewee
6 American Crow
6 Tree Swallow
5 Violet-green Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
20 swallow sp.
4 Black-capped Chickadee
1 House Wren --in  Elderberry after passing the shed.
2 Bewick's Wren
10 Swainson's Thrush
4 American Robin
10 Cedar Waxwing
3 American Goldfinch
7 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
4 Spotted Towhee
1 Wilson's Warbler -- Sounds like nestling vocals nearby.

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