Mariton: Birding at Jacobsburg
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manger. Photos by Carole Mebus (unless otherwise stated)
This Tuesday, we visited Jacobsburg State Park for our birding field trip. I took this photo of our group on a bridge over Sobers Run. We had a great morning ramble and got some really great birds. It was interesting which warblers we aren’t hearing because they have migrated north; and how much harder it was to locate birds behind leaves. One week really made a difference. Being able to distinguish the bird songs really makes a difference at this time of year when the trees start leafing out.
We saw Cedar Waxwings (above) right at the parking lot .
An Indigo Bunting under the power lines.
Price of Admission bird? This Yellow-billed Cuckoo that everyone saw. Fortunately, the bird and birders were patient, because it took a little time to direct binoculars into the tree where this was obscured. Note the large teardrop shaped white spots on the tail. The Black-billed Cuckoo has thinner crescents on its tail. Carole was also able to capture the yellow bill in her photo. Sometimes, that is a little harder to see when the bird is hiding in brush.
At the same time that the cuckoo made its appearance, we heard a Louisiana Waterthrush. We never did see it, but Carole shared a photo of one that she took earlier this year.
We had brief views of Scarlet Tanagers, Red-eyed Vireos, Common Yellowthroats, Veery and Ovenbirds among others. A great morning to go out birding.