We took off in kayaks and a canoe across the upper reaches of Randleman Reservoir in search of birds along the lake's wild transition zones of mixed, mature hardwood forest, dense over-cut easements and swamps. Blue herons populating the local rookery were everywhere and a lone Green heron graced us with a fly-by up into a tall hardwood.
As we stroked along in our boats we could hear the gorgeous Prothonotary warbler calling and with the aid of Matt's app we brought it into full view = WOW ! No sooner had we gotten that great view when an Orchard Oriole flew across a cove and into the low branches of a tree in front of Ann. We got closer looks later on of another Orchard Oriole as it was working the cattails. As a White Tail Deer browsed the lush vegetation along the lake's edge close by, we spotted a fabulously vociferous Yellow-breasted Chat which posed for Paul's camera. In the background we were hearing Prairie Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and Field Sparrows in that same over-cut habitat. On the way in, a Belted Kingfisher nailed a minnow and flew past us on his way to feed his family in a tunneled out red bank lair.
We had a really good day, though extremely hot. We saw a wealth of plants, watched a fisherman land a 4+ pound bass, found a Red Tailed Hawk nest, nailed 36 species of birds, and enjoyed the social aspects of paddling around the lake together, all the while getting some exercise. It could not have been better!
Participants: Paul Weiss, Angela Cook, Kathy Tritschler, Eliza Taylor, David Henry, Julien McCarthy, Matt Wangerin and Ann Steighner
Bird List :
Great Blue Heron
White breasted Nuthatch
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red Tailed Hawk
Yellow Billed Cuckoo