For the past seven years, Dan and I have birded our wonderful neighborhoods of Raymondale and Holmes Run Acres and the surrounding woodlands: Luria Park, Providence Rec Center woods, and Fairview Park. These places have given us great views of over 100 different birds. Some are year round residents, some are summer or winter residents, and a great number are migratory birds passing through pausing long enough to take advantage of the green spaces, ponds and streams in and surrounding our neighborhoods.
(Black-throated Blue Warbler (13 May, near Providence Rec, Center)
We have photographed and recorded the birds we have seen over seven years. Our photos of the local birds number in the hundreds to a thousand. We feel truly blessed to have so many birds residing or visiting our parklands/woods that only requires us to walk less than two miles to experience it from end to end.
(Brown Creeper, 21 March, in Luria Park woods)
Each outing during spring and fall migration season gives us heightened expectation to add yet another bird to the list posted below. It is an incredible gift that our little parcel of green inside the Beltway is attractive to over 100 diverse bird species.
(Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 May, Luria Park)
These green spaces are so valuable to birds. By a wide margin the greatest threat to birds, especially migratory birds, is habitat loss. Imagine you are a tiny warbler migrating northward in spring along the US east coast, the Atlantic flyway, and you look down and see rooftops, asphalt and concrete. You desperately need a rest, an insect buffet, and a drink of water. Then you see tree tops and the sun or full moon glinting off of a trickling stream or small pond. That is as welcome to a tired migratory songbird as a "Vacancy" sign is to a weary interstate traveler. Luria Park along Holmes Run to the Fairview Park ponds offers that critical respite to many a migratory bird along the Atlantic coast super migration highway.
(Spotted Sandpiper, 13 May, Fairview Park small pond)
We encourage you to get out there with binoculars and see what is hiding in plan sight in our woods and backyards. Here is a checklist of what we've seen to get you started. And you may very well, and we hope you do, find one that is not on this list that we've taken seven years to compile. Let us know and happy birding!~~Dan and Beth Fedorko
(Red-winged Blackbird, 13 May, Fairview Park small pond)
Checklist of Birds Observed in Raymondale, Holmes Run Acres, Luria Park, Providence Rec Center woods, and Fairview Park:
WATERFOWL, FISHERS, AND WADERS:
___Great Blue Heron
___Yellow-crowned Night Heron
___Black-crowned Night Heron
WARBLERS AND THE LIKE:
___Black-throated Green Warbler
___Black and White Warbler
___Black-throated Blue Warbler
___Cape May Warbler
JAYS AND THEIR KIN:
THRUSHES AND FOWL:
FINCHES AND GROSBEAKS:
SONG BIRDS AND INSECT EATERS:
___Great Crested Flycatcher