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Sorry about the dominoes link guys!!! This is the link I MEANT to post!
Happy birding!  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18999383



On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM, Evan Dvorchak <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Had a wonderful morning at the Watershed! Here is my ebird report for
> today  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARM42-eorzE
>
>  This is a great place to see a large variety of birds and habitats all
> smooshed into a 1 mile trail.
>
>  I saw at least 5 little blue herons, 3 green herons, 2 great blue herons,
> 3 great egrets, and to my delight a flock of at least 10 killdeer flying
> about... not to mention the others on the ground,
>
>  A nice look at a Yellow billed cuckoo and a longer look at a ruby
> throated atop a small sapling.
>
> This is a great area to discover the stages of growth that Canada Geese,
> Wood Ducks, and Mallards go through as all three breed here in surprising
> numbers considering the size of the place
>
> . A White Eyed Vireo played the fashion photography model for me for a bit
> allowing me a rare glimpse of that white eye (FINALLY!!!!). I don't know if
> they are rare around here but I was blessed with extraordinary views of a
> pair of Mississippi Kites that have been patroling the Center in past
> weeks, really able to see their white heads, and lighter patches of the
> upper wings, as well as the fabulous russet that flashes at the edges of
> their upper wings.They soar so close you can almost see the red of their
> eyes.  I witnessed lovely hunting maneuvers such as diving and stooping
> (though no successes) and really got a chance to study their prowess at
> manipulating air currents (which is why they have the name "kite" I
> assume).
>
> The more common: Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Red Winged
> Blackbird, Northern Rough Winged-Barn-Tree-Bank Swallows, Brown Thrasher,
> Northern Mockingbird, Starling/Grackle/Amer.-Fish Crows,Downy-Hairy-Red
> Bellied Woodpeckers. Chimney Swifts, Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Black
> Capped/Carolina Chickadees (who can tell the difference in this area!!!!),
> Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wrens all put in many an appearance as well!!
>
>  Not included in the "common" category due to the fact that I find them
> thrilling to watch are Belted Kingfishers. I have seen up to SIX at once
> perched in the dead tree in the first lake/pond on the entrance path.  You
> are almost guaranteed to get fantastic views of this bird every time you
> visit!
>
>   Great for beginning birders (due to the ease of viewing and the variety)
> and Experienced ones (as the birds are used to people running, walking,
> jogging, taking their kids, teenagers, and there is a bike trail adjacent
> to the Center so they get all up close and personal if you are quiet and
> birding).
>
>  Not to mention the occasional chipmunk and muskrat and "unidentified
> weasel/mink like creature", I see deer about 40% of the time I go there
> (bucks in winter), squirrels of course but there is also at least one
> active beaver community there, dutifully damming the overflow and munching
> on the many available flora that grow there.
>
> I highly advise you to check this place out and donate a bit maybe (if the
> Visitor's Center is open that is:) ) and promise you won't be
> disappointed!!!!
>

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