In 2017, we processed 39 birds: 11 American robins (Turdus migratorius), 1 common yellowthroat
(Geothlypis trichas), 20 gray catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis), 2 house wrens (Troglodytes aedon), 1 indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea), 3 northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), and 1 American yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia).
These include the common yellowthroat
and vesper sparrow that currently breed or migrate through Shenandoah, and may begin wintering there, too.
Day with Common Name Taxon Contact Taxa Not Detected Contacting Bone Birds Great blue heron Ardea herodias 0 Gray catbird Dumetella carolinensis 0 Common yellowthroat
Geothlypis trichas 0 Black-capped chickadee Poecile atricapillus 0 Common grackle cf.
The Common Yellowthroat
(Geothlypis trichas) is a bird species breeding in wetlands across much of North America (Zink and Klicka, 1990; Guzy and Ritchison, 1999).
These species include Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Marsh Wren (wetland species), Willow Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat
, Yellow Warbler, and Song Sparrow (grassland and shrubby field species).
Meadowlark 46 (n=13) 64 (n=11) Bobolink 25 (n=4) 75 (n=4) Song Sparrow 50 (n=2) 63 (n=8) Mallard -- -- Field Sparrow 33 (n=3) 60 (n=5) Common Yellowthroat
-- -- American Woodcock 100 (n=2) -- Wild Turkey -- 0 (n=1) Henslow's Sparrow 100 (n=1) -- Shrub or Above Ground Nester Robin 67 (n=3) 67 (n=3) Red-wing BB 38 (n=16) 27 (n=22) Brown Thrasher 0 (n=1) 100 (n=1) Willow Flycatcher - 0 (n=2) Yellow Warbler - 0 (n=2) American Goldfinch 100 (n=1 -- Northern Mockingbird 100 (n=2) -- Mourning Dove -- 0 (n=1) Species 2010 2011 Average Ground or Near Ground Nester Grasshopper Sp.
Of the 11 short-distance migrant species detected, I confirmed that 4 species were nesters: Cinnamon Teal, Green Heron, Tree Swallow, and Common Yellowthroat
. An additional short-distance migrant, Orange-crowned Warbler, was likely nesting within the wetland boundary.
We found that local bird species most frequently infested by ticks include the low-foraging grouse, turkey, chickadee, house wren, gray catbird, brown thrasher, robin, wood thrush, hermit thrush, Swainson's thrush, veery, yellow warbler, ovenbird, northern waterthrush, Connecticut warbler, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat
, goldfinch, rufous-sided towhee, field sparrow, white-throated sparrow, swamp sparrow and song sparrow.
With names like the Common Yellowthroat
and the Tennessee Warbler, they could fit in the palm of one's hand.
Around the country, the American Common Yellowthroat
remains in Gwent.
Among the more unusual species not typically found in the winter months: a golden eagle; common yellowthroat
; Say's phoebe; mockingbird; tree swallow; white pelican; and red-naped sapsucker.
Savannah Sparrow and Field Sparrow) and other common grassland passerines (e.g., Sedge Wren and Eastern Bluebird), scrub dwellers, (e.g., Common Yellowthroat
and White-eyed Vireo), anthropogenic opportunists (e.g., Blue Jay and Brown-headed Cowbird), and predators/scavengers, (e.g., Red-tailed Hawk and Turkey Vulture).