Mead Gardens has been exceptionally slow all fall with very few warblers stopping by. But I still like to visit from time to time, especially during the Orange Adubon Society Birdwalks. So yesterday morning I joined the group that was there and had a great time. The biggest highlight was seeing a couple Red-headed Woodpeckers.
These are the first I’ve seen in the park; they’ve been here for a couple weeks now–extremely unusual for this species. At least one of them has excavated a hole in the park, and we watched it actively gathering acorns and caching them away.
Hopefully that means it’s planning to stick around for a while. In all we found six species of woodpecker on the property: Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Pileated Woodpecker.
We also had many House Wrens and a Scarlet Tanager. Warblers were tougher to come by, but we had several Palm Warblers, a Black and White Warbler, Pine Warblers, my first fall Yellow-rumped Warbler (ugh), and a Northern Parula. I also found my first Savannah Sparrow in the park.
Also around the park it was fun to see a Green Darner, a Monarch Butterfly, and a turtle. The head of this turtle appears to be all black, so I’m not sure of it ID yet. Right now I’m guessing a musk turtle, but I’m not sure.