Today in Schenley Park, 25 April

This morning was overcast and chilly when 17 of us explored the west end of Schenley Park beginning at Anderson Playground.

We saw a peregrine fly around the Cathedral of Learning (the eggs are hatching today!) and a red-tailed hawk bring food to his nest. Our Best Bird was a Louisiana waterthrush walking in the wetland under fallen logs.

When the birds were quiet we examined pawpaw flowers.

Pawpaw flowers, Schenley Park, 24 April 2021 (photo by Kate St. John)

Unofrtunately we did not see this eastern screech-owl near the pawpaws. He was there yesterday when I scouted the park … but not today. Alas. 🙁

An eastern screech-owl who did NOT show up today, Schenley Park, 24 April 2021

Here’s our list, 28 species :

  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  • Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)
  • Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
  • Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
  • Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis). heard
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
  • Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
  • White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  • Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
  • Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

(photos by Kate St. John)

5 thoughts on “Today in Schenley Park, 25 April

    1. I plan to lead outings in Schenley Park once a month, usually the last Sunday of the month. Watch my blog for announcements, especially the Events page. All you need to do is show up.

    1. I am leading outings in Schenley Park once a month, usually the last Sunday of the month. Watch my blog for announcements.

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