Coverdale Farm Birding and Breakfast

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

You know it is a slow morning of birding when one of the participants says, “At least we had a good breakfast.”  Yes, indeed.  This morning, Michele Wales and I led the Birding and Breakfast program at Coverdale Farm, she made the breakfast, and I led the bird walk. 

Program participants enjoyed a wonderful fruit and quiche breakfast, made from Coverdale Farm chicken eggs.
Program participants enjoyed a wonderful fruit and quiche breakfast, made from Coverdale Farm chicken eggs.
After breakfast we walked several trails around Coverdale Farm and the adjacent Burrows Run Preserve, which are owned by the Delaware Nature Society.  Birds were slow to come by on this warm January day.  No wind, no rain, no cold, but also…no birds!  Or at least not too many.
Among some other sightings, we managed to get looks at a single Cedar Waxwing perched in a tree, a single flyover Red-winged Blackbird, and a single Carolina Chickadee.  Usually when you see these birds they aren’t by themselves, but not today.  It took a while to find some White-throated Sparrows, Northern Flicker, and a Hairy Woodpecker.  Great looks at a flock of Eastern Bluebirds and American Robins livened things up at the farm, which seemed to hold most of the action.
Finally, Hank Davis spotted a low-flying raptor that came to perch on the nearby chicken coop.  No, don’t go after the chickens!!!  Where will our next quiche come from?!!  The chickens were safe after all in their pen and Cooper’s Hawks don’t eat chickens anyway.  The hawk probably was waiting for a hapless House Sparrow to emerge.  Yes, get one of those instead Mrs. Cooper’s Hawk.
Our group of birders finally happy to see something up close sitting still!
Our group of birders finally happy to see something up close sitting still!
Cooper's Hawks don't eat chickens, but eagerly catch smaller birds, like House Sparrows.
Cooper's Hawks don't eat chickens, but eagerly catch smaller birds, like House Sparrows.

It was a great day to be outside to walk the farm and preserve and not be wet, wind-blown, and freezing.  We saw 29 species by the end, which isn’t too bad.  Join us on our next Birding and Breakfast program at Ashland Nature Center on February 12 in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.

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