Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Really Good Birding!

Magnolia Warbler © Mike McDowell

There were a couple of fast-moving warbler flocks yesterday morning in Pheasant Branch Conservancy, foraging mostly in the upper-story (ouch, my neck). Rain kept to sprinkles - in Ireland, it'd be called a "soft day," nevertheless very enjoyable weather to be birding in.

About a dozen birders formed into a few groups, walking the length of the south stream corridor and back. Occasionally we would meet along the trail and exchange sighting notes - it's so much fun!

The most abundant warblers seemed to be Chestnut-sided Warbler and American Redstart. Two groups reported seeing Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, but one group was privileged to find a Canada Warbler and Blackpoll Warbler.

The group I was with heard a Scarlet Tanager singing west of Park Street, but the view was too obstructed. Near the end of the trail we caught up with a mixed flock that contained a few warbler species and two Yellow-throated Vireos. We were able to follow the flock for several minutes and got excellent views of two Magnolia Warblers.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Cooper's Hawk
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Empidonax Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbreak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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