Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fwd: Thursday Walk 5/16

Led by Tom Stephenson

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <>
To: <>
Cc: Roberta Manian <>; Dennis Hrehowsik <>; Robert Bate <>
Sent: Thu, May 16, 2019 05:59 PM
Subject: Thursday Walk

Hi Peter,

Well, I guess the only word that best describes today's walk is "WOW"...
I know this language is uncharacteristic, but other words fail me at the moment.

It took us 2 hours just to get from the GAP entrance to the Vale. There were many "I've never seen so many..." moments including Wilson's Warblers (8+), Spotted Sandpipers (6), Common Yellowthroat (x+), Veery (10+) and more. 
Highlights might include a very cooperative Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 species of raptors including Osprey and Merlin, Bank Swallows, cooperative Bay-breasted and Prairie, and lots more: 84 species in total.

Here's the list. Please post it somewhere as several people wanted to see it.

Best regards,

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow