Photos: Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Virginia rail by Gerry Beetham

On the sunny morning of Thursday, October 21st our enthusiastic group encountered a variety of birds while exploring the trails of the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. What a thrill to see a Virginia rail foraging along the marsh edge as well as a merlin and blue jay perched in the same tree. Enjoy the species list provided by Peter Trull and the photos courtesy of volunteer HCT photographer Gerry Beetham.

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  9
Mallard  1
American Black Duck  3
Virginia Rail  2
Greater Yellowlegs  11
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Laughing Gull  5
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  3
Northern Flicker  3
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Northern Cardinal  1