Today at Duck Hollow

Eight birders at Duck Hollow, 30 June 2019 (photo by Kate St. John)

This morning 11 of us met for a bird walk at Duck Hollow and the Lower Nine Mile Run Trail.

The Monongahela was running high with only a few mallards and lots of plastic trash floating down the river, the result of an inch of rain in only 25 minutes on Thursday evening, June 27. The downpour affected the new bridge construction, too, at Nine Mile Run.

When I walked the area on Thursday morning I saw the workers laying Jersey barriers in a row and draping them with white plastic. The downpours breached the solid dirt bank in three places and knocked over four Jersey barriers. Powerful stuff!

It was hot and sunny, so we stayed in the shade. So did our Best Bird, an indigo bunting, who looked almost black in the shadows. Since his feathers merely reflect the color blue the shadows affect how he looks. Read more about his blueness here.

We saw and heard 27 species plus a small flock of unidentified blackbirds. Our complete checklist is here on eBird.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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