My name is Jim McVoy, and I have been monitoring the activities of Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks at the Stroud Preserve for the past four summers. Once again the male Bobolinks are putting on a show right now and the females are already on their nests. Last Wednesday marked the first time this season that a female was seen carrying food to a presumed nest site. This year seems to mark a much-welcomed increase in Eastern Meadowlark activity. The same outing on Wednesday produced sightings of at least six individuals, with possible nesting behavior exhibited by two pairs.
Besides the grassland bird study, I have been compiling a list of species and their relative abundance from season to season for Stroud. On a recent walk with a group from Natural Lands Trust we added species number 124 to our list with the sighting of a Black-throated Green Warbler. If you are interested in a copy of the list, feel free to contact me (email@example.com) or Erich Estes, the preserve manager. If you have sightings you’d like to share (and have added to our database) we’d also be happy to hear from you.
This time of year is a wonderful season to look for birds at Stroud. The last couple of weeks I have managed to log over forty species while monitoring the grassland nesters. Of course there are a lot of other critters in evidence around the Preserve – mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. Two weeks ago I was treated to the sight of a Northern Water-snake swimming down the creek near the bridge. If you come out for a walk, you might want to watch for the big Snapping Turtle who lives in the big pond. Hope to see you out there soon!