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Ruby-crowned Kinglets at Delaware Park

Published April 11, 2014
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Junco, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Cowbird

I took a quick walk through Delaware Park on my lunch break to look for the Vesper's Sparrow Alec Humann found in the early in the morning. I wasn't able to find that bird - work got in the way of me getting out there sooner, which was unfortunate, because by the time I got there, the park was full of people and unleashed dogs running a muck.

The Rusty Blackbirds had probably taken off as well as the Fox Sparrow he found, but I did find my First of Year Ruby-crowned Kinglets and I enjoyed getting out in the warm, fresh air.

All 3 of the grebes we most often get to see in our region were out on the pond: Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, and a Pied-billed Grebe. I saw one female Cowbird down there and the several fly-bys by a Belted Kingfisher is always sure to put a smile on my face. I saw one White-throated Sparrow and a couple of Brown Creepers were entertaining too. Other than that, only the expected birds were seen: numerous American Robins, Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Downy Woodpeckers, and Juncos, and then one American Goldfinch.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Song Sparrow
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Brown Creeper
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Brown Creeper
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R-L: Scaup and Horned Grebe
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R-L: Red-necked Grebe and Pied-billed Grebe