This area has several small tracts of forest, some scrubby sections, a few wet spots with dead trees and a good deal of manicured lawn on the grounds of all the high tech industries present.
Although this is obviously a very built up area adjacent to a major airport some interesting birds were spotted. A Great Egret did a flyover, several Green Herons were observed at close range, an American Kestrel was seen kiting over the airport grounds and a Wilson's Snipe was heard and seen briefly also in the area near the runway. A Spotted Sandpiper exhibited behavior that would suggest it had a nest in one of the landfill areas. A major surprise for the day was a flyover by an adult plumaged Common Loon. Bird of the day as voted on by the group was a beautiful male Green-winged Teal seen well at close range by everyone as it preened on a log amongst a group of Mallards. The size comparison was striking. - Wayne Grubert
Our complete list of 45 species included: Canada Goose - 40 (distant flyby),
Wood Duck - 2, Mallard - 12 ( + an additional 12 well developed ducklings), Green-winged Teal - 1, Common Loon - 1 (a flyover), Pied-billed Grebe - 1 (young bird with striped head), Great Egret - 1 (flyover), Green Heron - 5, Common Gallinule- 1 (heard), Spotted Sandpiper - 1, Wilson's Snipe - 1, Ring-billed Gull - 20, Rock Pigeon - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 4, Hairy Woodpecker - 1, Northern Flicker - 4, American Kestrel - 1, Least Flycatcher - 2 heard), Great Crested Flycatcher - 2, Eastern Kingbird - 4, Warbling Vireo - 3, heard), Red-eyed Vireo - 4 (heard), American Crow - 6, Common Raven - 5, Tree Swallow - 20, Barn Swallow - 10, Black-capped Chickadee - 4, White-breasted Nuthatch - 1, Wood Thrush - 2 (heard), American Robin - 12, Gray Catbird - 4, European Starling - 60, Cedar Waxwing - 40, Common Yellowthroat - 6, American Redstart - 2, Yellow Warbler - 25, Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1, Song Sparrow - 15, Swamp Sparrow - 1 (heard), Northern Cardinal - 3, Red-winged Blackbird - 40, Common Grackle - 12, Baltimore Oriole - 2, House Finch - 1, American Goldfinch - 30
Bernache du Canada - 40, Canard branchu - 2, Canard colvert - 12 (+ 12 canetons bien développés), Sarcelle d'hiver - 1, Plongeon haurd - 1 (en vol), Grèbe à bec bigarré - 1 (jeune oiseau à tête rayée), Grande Aigrette - 1 (en vol), Héron vert - 5, Gallinule à poule-d'eau- 1 (entendu), Chevalier grivelé - 1, Bécassine de Wilson - 1, Goéland à bec cerclé - 20, Pigeon biset - 1, Pic mineur - 4, Pic chevelu - 1, Pic flaboyant- 4, Crécerelle d'Amérique - 1, Moucherolle tchébec - 2 entendu), Tyran huppé - 2, Tyran tritri - 4, Viréo mélodieux - 3, entendu), Viréo aux yeux rouges - 4 (entendu), Corneille d'Amérique - Grand Corbeau - 5, Hirondelle biclore - 20, Hirondelle rustique - 10, Mésange à tête noire - 4, Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 1, Grive des bois - 2 (entendu), Merle d'Amérique - 12, Moqueur chat - 4, Étourneau sansonnet - 60, Jaseur d'Amérique - 40, paruline masquée - 6, Paruline flamboyante - 2, Paruline jaune - 25, Paruline à flancs marron - 1, Bruant chanteur - 15, Bruant des marais - 1 (entendu), Cardinal rouge - 3, Carouge à épaulettes - 40, Quiscale bronzé - 12, Oriole de Baltimore - 2, Roselin familier - 1, Chardonneret jaune - 30