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Tuesday Morning Tour of Riethmiller Grasslands

Tuesday, August 09, 2022 5:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

We had a beautiful day to walk the grassland, wetland, and forest habitats at the Riethmiller Rd. DNR property Tuesday morning.  The sky was blue and sparsely cloudy and the temperature was a mild low seventies.  Eight members of JAS walked the grasslands from the Riethmiller Rd. DNR parking lot.  The only good grassland species spotted and heard were some Sedge Wrens which we had along most of the east/west trail.  The wetland to the north had a good deal of Great Egrets moving about. 

(Steve Jerant)

The wetland habitat portion of the trip was a bit more productive.  There were about 3 pair of Green Herons seen and very much heard in the wet crossing on the trail.  The birds were moving about in the trees to the west.  We also heard the call of a Virginia Rail, but, not we did not see it.

(Steve Jerant)

From the wet land area we moved up into the forested Hoffman Trail.  There we got Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, among others. 

(Steve Jerant)

Species list:
10 Canada Goose
2 Trumpeter Swan
4 Wood Duck
3 Blue-winged Teal
8 Mallard
4 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Virginia Rail
8 Sandhill Crane
3 Killdeer
1 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
6 Green Heron
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- Audible. Confirmed with Merlin
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Eastern Kingbird
3 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
10 Tree Swallow
6 Barn Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
4 Sedge Wren -- Audible
35 European Starling
3 Eastern Bluebird
9 American Robin
2 Cedar Waxwing
9 American Goldfinch
6 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Baltimore Oriole
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
12 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 47

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