Bird Blitz 2009: Poplar Creek

Lee Ramsey created this detailed habitat map of Birds of Concern at Poplar Creek. Counts of the birds in each habitat unit follow the map. (You may wish to download a larger map & bird counts suitable for printing.)

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 1)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit
A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A12 A13 A14
Henslow’s Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Bobolink
Sedge Wren
Eastern Meadowlark 1 2
Black-billed Cuckoo
Brown Thrasher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1 2 2 1 1 1 3
Field Sparrow 6 7 1 1 2 1 3 1 4
Orchard Oriole
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 1
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Flicker 1 1 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Wood Thrush
Marsh Wren
Totals 0 8 11 0 5 2 1 3 2 0 4 3 7 0

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 2)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 B11 B12 B13
Henslow’s Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Bobolink
Sedge Wren 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Brown Thrasher
Willow Flycatcher 3
Field Sparrow 3 1 3 1 3 1 1
Orchard Oriole
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 1 2 1 1
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Flicker 1 1 1 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 2
Wood Thrush
Marsh Wren
Totals 5 1 7 4 4 2 0 3 6 0 0 4 0

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 3)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit
C10 C11 C13 C14
Henslow’s Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Bobolink
Sedge Wren
Eastern Meadowlark
Black-billed Cuckoo
Brown Thrasher 1 1
Willow Flycatcher
Field Sparrow 4 3
Orchard Oriole 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Flicker 1 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Wood Thrush
Marsh Wren 2
Totals 0 10 2 4

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 4)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 D15
Henslow’s Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Bobolink
Sedge Wren 1
Eastern Meadowlark
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Brown Thrasher 1 1
Willow Flycatcher 4 1 2
Field Sparrow 1 4 4 7 4 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Eastern Kingbird 2 2 1
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 1 1 1
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Flicker 2 2 3 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Wood Thrush 1
Marsh Wren
Totals 0 0 0 2 0 11 4 14 4 0 0 8 8 1 0

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 5)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit
E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 E10 E11 E12 E13 E14
Henslow’s Sparrow 4 13 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1 4 3 1 2
Bobolink 6 5
Sedge Wren
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Black-billed Cuckoo 1 1
Brown Thrasher 1 2 1 1
Willow Flycatcher
Field Sparrow 4 6 5 4 2 4 3 7 3 1 2 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Eastern Kingbird 1 2 1 1 2
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 1
Northern Flicker 1 1 1 2 1 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Wood Thrush
Marsh Wren
Totals 2 6 15 30 12 3 4 3 14 9 1 4 6 2

 

2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz Counts (Part 6)
Birds of Concern Habitat Unit Species
Totals
F1 F2 F3 F10 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12
Henslow’s Sparrow 18
Grasshopper Sparrow 13
Bobolink 11
Sedge Wren 2
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Black-billed Cuckoo 2 6
Brown Thrasher 10
Willow Flycatcher 5 26
Field Sparrow 1 2 8 3 124
Orchard Oriole 3
Eastern Kingbird 1 2 19
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 1 10
Great Crested Flycatcher 2 5
Northern Flicker 1 2 1 1 31
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Wood Thrush 1
Marsh Wren 2
Totals 4 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 8 0 2 10 293

2009 Points of Interest:

  • A surprisingly large number of Field Sparrows were observed during the Blitz. This species local population has been declining in recent years.
  • Henslow’s and Grasshopper sparrows were observed in large numbers in grassland areas that have not been burned recently.
  • Wood Thrush numbers were unexpectedly low. Only one Wood Thrush was observed in the whole preserve during the blitz.

Note:

The following Birds of Concern were not observed during the 2009 Poplar Creek Bird Blitz.

Dicksissel Loggerhead Shrike Red Headed Woodpecker
Short-eared Owl Northern Bobwhite Veery
Northern Harrier Bell’s Vireo Chimney Swift
Western Meadowlark Blue-winged Warbler Louisiana Waterthrush
Vesper Sparrow Wilson’s Phalarope Prothonotary Warbler
Common Tern Yellow-crowned Night-heron Bald Eagle
American Bittern Black Tern Yellow-headed Blackbird
Black-crowned Nigh-heron Black Rail Forster’s Tern
Common Moorhen King Rail Little Blue Heron
Least Bittern Piping Plover Osprey
Sandhill Crane Yellow-breasted Chat Snowy Egret
Swainson’s Hawk Whip-Poor-Will  
Upland Sandpiper Cerulean Warbler