Yesterday at Schenley Park on 8/27

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Schenley Park outing, 27 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

28 August 2023

Yesterday become a pleasant day, however when eight of us met at Schenley Park at 8:30am the temperature was cool with low clouds and the sky was clean grey. Usually the birds would have slept in however the migrants have been hungry. We discovered 22 species.

Finest Chicken is difficult to decide on. Was it the belted kingfisher that hunted over Panther Hole Lake? The ruby-throated hummingbirds that floated among the many timber? Or the warblers — Blackburnian, magnolia and chestnut-sided?

Between birds the bugs took heart stage. Milkweed bugs swarmed on swamp milkweed pods …

Milkweed bugs on swamp milkweed seed pods, Schenley, 27 August 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

… and noticed lanternflies sipped on the Ailanthus timber that impressed my weblog about sooty mildew on honeydew. I used to be curious: Did the rain wash away the sooty mildew? No.

Noticed lanternfly honeydew beneath an Ailanthus tree is black with sooty mildew, Schenley Park, 27 Aug 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

Fourteen Canada geese flew over to hitch the 70 already grazing on Flagstaff Hill. Geese have been absent from Flagstaff Hill this summer season whereas they molted their wings feathers and didn’t return in giant numbers till early August.

Right here’s our eBird guidelines: Schenley Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Aug 27, 2022 8:30A – 10:30A

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 14
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Purple-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 5
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 8
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Home Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 15
Track Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 3
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6

The subsequent outing might be 24 September at 8:30a in Schenley Park at Bartlett Playground.

(photographs by Kate St. John)

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