6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 5/28/15

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~Green Heron at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 5/28/15.~

I made it out to 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary after work this afternoon. My primary objective was to check for shorebirds at the Citgo Pond; I was only moderately successful with 4 Killdeer (3 adults and one chick), 3 Least Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and 1 Semipalmated Plover. The highlight of the afternoon was getting my first good look at a Green Heron for the season. Up until now, I only caught glimpses of them, including 2 flyovers on the highway during my commute to work. After birding the Citgo Pond, I continue over to the Heritage Trail side of the refuge. It was not terribly birdy, but it was a nice walk with enough birds to keep me occupied. It occurred to me that I have not included a complete list of species in a post in a while, so here’s a list of the 31 species I had for the day:

This photo was actually taken on Tuesday at Sterling Forest State Park where I walked the Sterling Lake Loop. It's a nice long walk and pretty birdy too - I had 41 species in a 2 1/2 hour walk. Red-eyed Vireo, 5/26/15.
This photo was actually taken on Tuesday at Sterling Forest State Park where I walked the Sterling Lake Loop. It’s a nice long walk and pretty birdy too – I had 39 species in a 2 1/2 hour walk. Red-eyed Vireo, 5/26/15.

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 12
Mallard 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 5
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 8
Marsh Wren 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 14
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle 4
Baltimore Oriole 3

6 thoughts on “6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 5/28/15”

  1. I have a whole new respect for the trail since seeing your posts. I much more attention to everything now! (when my dogs aren’t keeping me busy…) Thank you for your posts!

    1. It took me a while to realize what a great spot it is as well, maybe because it’s so close to home? I’ve had some super birds there… maybe one day I will put together a list of all the birds I’ve seen there, that might be interesting. Matt

  2. Saw your great pics while doing research for an upcoming trip to Bear Mountain. Would you recommend the 6 1/2 Station Rd as a place to check out the birding, or do you have something closer to Bear Mountain you could recommend. We are seniors from New Orleans and relatively new birders (sure wish we had started earlier). We will be camping in Bear Mountain and have set aside 3 days for birding the area. Any recommendations for best opportunities at WMAs or parks would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

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