Mariton: Tuesday Birding

May 3, 2017

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager.  Photos by Carole Mebus.

On Tuesday, Mariton’s Bird Club went to Woodland Hills Preserve in Lower Saucon. This was a golf course that the township bought in order to stem development.  They have let it go wild, and maintain a couple of trails through the property.  It is easy walking and fun birding.

Chipping Sparrow

We saw and heard a good number of birds during the morning, including an Orchard Oriole and several warbler species. It was the common birds that I see often that were fun for me.  I didn’t realize it until Carole sent me her great photos of bird species that are easy to find.  Right now the males are in their brightest breeding plumage.  Their colors are vibrant.  Their songs are enthusiastic.

I always get a kick out of watching Eastern Kingbirds.  Black and white doesn’t get much more expressive than a Kingbird.

 

Red-winged Blackbirds have such rich color, even though there are only three.

 

Wood Ducks are more common now than when I started birding, but no one could accuse them of looking common.