Gerry McGee, Joe McManus, Saul Scheinbach, Chee Yong, Noa and Mayra Cruz, Laura 
Juner and I, birded Goose Creek Marsh in Pelham Bay Park. The marsh is located 
adjacent to the Split Rock Golf course. 
We birded along the Split Rock horse trail and found the small opening through 
the phragmites to the marsh. It is an uncomfortable place to walk and stand, 
ankle twisting, wet, muddy, and very buggy. There is no shade. I definitely do 
not recommend going there alone, since it is a hidden location. 
The marsh provided us with the Virginia Rail and Saltmarsh Sparrow, our target 
birds.  There were more Marsh Wrens than we could count. Most of the other 
species were found along the trail as we proceeded to the actual Spllt Rock, 
which we viewed through the foliage from the trail.
Local legend says Anne Hutchison hid in this split rock while escaping from the 
Siwanoy in 1643. However, this has been disputed.

Good birding,
Jack Rothman

Virginia Rail
Great Crested Flycatcher (4)
Willow Flycatcher (2)
Marsh Wren (20+?)
Yellow Warbler (14)
Song Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
American Goldfinch
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Common Grackle
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Barn Swallow (8)
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove
Wild Turkey and poults (10)
Double-crested Cormorant
Feral Pigeon
House Sparrow
American Robin
Gray Catbird (20+)


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