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Enticed by Greg's sightings of Ruddy Ducks and Purple Martins I headed 
to Brilyea mid-day to walk the West Trail.  Saw the magnificently 
decked-out gentlemen ducks, along with a number of other folks hosted by 
Ted Murin.  Saw seven Purple Martins apparently where Greg saw a hundred 
or more earlier in the day.  Also heard a Black-billed Cuckoo and saw 
two Nashville Warblers, along with a few other species to add to Greg's 
list.  Here's my list, followed by Greg's posting from this morning.

Ian
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Location:     Dead Creek WMA IBA - Brilyea Access --- West trail.
Observation date:     7/31/10
Number of species:     29

Ruddy Duck     2     Joined Ted Murin and others in observing the birds 
in their breeding plumage.
Great Blue Heron     7
Osprey     1
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1     Being hassled in flight by Tree Swallows.
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Spotted Sandpiper     1
Ring-billed Gull     35
Caspian Tern     3
Mourning Dove     1
Black-billed Cuckoo     1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)     1
Eastern Wood-Pewee     1
Eastern Kingbird     5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     2
Purple Martin     7     Seven individuals in dead tree and in flight 
near dam at south end of west trail.  Probably same location where 100+ 
were reported earlier in day by Greg Askew.
Tree Swallow     35
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Marsh Wren     1
American Robin     7
Gray Catbird     1
Cedar Waxwing     12
Nashville Warbler     2     Male and first year or female in low plants 
on dam near south end of west trail.  Decorated crown of male very evident.
Savannah Sparrow     1
Grasshopper Sparrow     1     Heard on arrival 100-300 feet south of 
Route 17.  Looked/listened for it on departure, but did not find it. One 
bird was seen there by Kyle Rosenblad and others between my arrival and 
departure.
Song Sparrow     4
Red-winged Blackbird     7
American Goldfinch     20

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Gregory Askew wrote:
>  Location:     Dead Creek WMA IBA - Brilyea Access
> Observation date:     7/31/10
> Number of species:     38
>
> Wood Duck - Aix sponsa     X
> Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos     X
> Green-winged Teal (American) - Anas crecca carolinensis     X
> Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis     2     In breeding plumage. South of the
> embankment.
> Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias     X
> Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus     2
> Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus     1
> Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus     X
> Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius     2
> Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes     1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla     1
> Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla     X
> Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis     X
> Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus     1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens     X
> Least Flycatcher - Empidonax minimus     1
> Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus     1
> Warbling Vireo - Vireo gilvus     X
> Red-eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceus     X
> Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata     X
> Purple Martin - Progne subis     100     Large flock of adults and juveniles
> congregated in a dead elm down the west trail at Brilyea. I've never seen so
> many martins at one time and away from nesting sites (the number is a
> guess-timate). Is their migration already under way?
> Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor     X
> Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica     X
> Cliff Swallow - Petrochelidon pyrrhonota     1
> Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus     X
> White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis     X
> Marsh Wren - Cistothorus palustris     X
> American Robin - Turdus migratorius     X
> Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis     X
> Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia     X
> Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas     X
> Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis     X
> Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia     X
> Swamp Sparrow - Melospiza georgiana     X
> Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea     X
> Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus     X
> Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula     1
> American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis     X
>
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>