Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Evening Bird Ramble with Great Barrington Trails and Greenways

Field season is in full swing and many birds have come and gone since May.  The Kellogg Conservation Center hosted an Evening Bird Ramble program in May in partnership with our friends from the Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, a project of the GB Land Conservancy.  

Our local experts and Appalachian Trail supporters and volunteers, the Wards, were of great help.  A fellow-birder and A.T. partner from Mass Parks/Mass DCR and his wife also attended and were great resources.  Other area birders also attended.  With such great knowledge and birding habitat at our fingertips, the newcomers to birding had a lot of guidance.
Warming up the binos

We at the Applachian Trail Conservancy's Kellogg Conservation Center are lucky to have an abundance of habitat zones for birds. We have yard, field, field edge, and forest cover, and a small wet meadow area. We started around the Kellogg Center yard with the Tree and Barn Swallows, and the common Robin, Goldfinch, Bluebirds, and sparrows.  Some in the group were lucky enough to see the Scarlet Tanager fly overhead.  As we walked the field edge habitat we were able to hear and observe several Bobolinks and the Red Eyed Vireo. As we approached the wet meadow we heard the Common Yellowthroat Warbler, and Goldfinch. 

Then walking on a mowed path toward the AT, we were treated to Bobolinks again, as well as Cedar Waxwings, Song Sparrows, and an Eastern Kingbird.

On the AT

Those that work for the ATC and AMC that went on the birdwalk were very excited to learn about all the species of birds that they may hear or see while walking the property in the future.  Attendees requested more bird walks, which we hope to host more in the future. 

Final species list circle

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