Trip Report – 5-10-15 – Racebrook Tract, Orange

28 birders participated in the Mother’s Day bird walk at the Racebrook Tract in Orange and Woodbridge. We walked through beautiful deciduous and mixed coniferous woodlands, through the open brush of a power line cut, and along picturesque woodland streams. We were treated to fine looks at several beautiful and striking birds, including Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers. We also were pleased to see and hear a male Pileated Woodpecker. Ovenbirds were plentiful in the woods, but easier to hear than see. We heard several Louisiana Waterthrushes and saw several other warbler species, including Pine, Blue-winged, and Black and White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern Parula. We saw and heard Wood Thrushes and heard a Veery. Other species of note observed on the trip included: Wood Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Chimney Swift, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Towhee, and Field Sparrow. All total, 45 species were observed on the walk. This was a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day.


Chris Loscalzo


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