Friday, May 7, 2021

Fwd: Thursday BBC Walk

Led by Tom Stephenson

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From: Tom Stephenson <>
Date: Fri, May 7, 2021, 11:11 AM
Subject: Thursday Walk
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Hi Peter, et al.
Thursday was a superb day, both in terms of weather and birds. I felt like it was the "birdiest" day I'd ever seen in the park, with lots of warblers and other species spread out over the whole place, really highlighting how important the park is for protecting and feeding these migrants.

I logged 85 species including 25 species of warblers. We had a very cooperative and enthusiastic group. About half have only been birding a year, which is really fantastic.

Highlights included an extremely cooperative Worm-eating Warbler, which we had to walk away from... Orange-crowned Warbler, more Prairie Warblers than I've ever seen/heard even at Sterling Forest, a couple of cooperative Blue-winged Warblers, a cooperative Blackburnian, a very cooperative Prothonotary Warbler (you can see the theme...) 
We also found a small hatch-out behind the Well House that included two startlingly bright Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and several Rough-winged Swallows.
A couple of the warblers were unfortunately brief or heard only; and the craziest thing was two or three Red Crossbills that flew over, calling. Didn't get a recording so not sure of the type, but they were of the "dryer" variety.
A Yellow-throated Vireo was singing near the Peninsula Sumacs. Two or more have been seen there over the past week or two. This time the male sang only briefly from a tall tree nearby. I wonder if there is a pair that could be nesting! Worth checking out.

Here's the list. 
Best regards,

Red-throated Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler brief sighting near GAP
Tennessee Warbler I heard briefly, a couple stayed back and saw it
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville 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 heard only, unfortunately
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler heard only
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
Red Crossbill