We met at Wesleyan College this past Saturday for one of our field trips this month. Jim Ferrari led the field trip and we birded the Wesleyan Arboretum, fourteen (14) birders in total.
We've tallied 49 bird species including a handful of migrants such as Blue-winged, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and a Swainson's Thrush.
The group enjoyed the vireos and nuthatches we see more often just as much as the fall migrants. When the Canada Geese came in for a perfect landing, everyone exclaimed in delight.
Partial group photo by Jim Gilreath
The Wesleyan Arboretum has gone through some improvements that was nice to appreciate since our last field trip there. The College has also added a beautiful new chapel that served as an attractive architectural backdrop to the pond area.
Summer Tanager picture by Anne Armstrong
Wesleyan College has large acres of wooded areas and we noticed several people enjoying the natural settings while we were there.
Jim Ferrari is well familiar with these surroundings and that helped navigate the trails and areas around the pond for the enjoyment of all. Thank you, Jim.