Bashakill – 6/18/12

Eastern Kingbird

I Kayaked the channel today hoping for some glimpses of the first young of the season for some of the early breeders. The only young I saw were Wood Ducks, at least a dozen ducklings with two hens. It was a good mornging though and Common Gallinule were more active than any of the recent outings. I had at least a dozen birds, representing at least nine pairs. They were very mobile and vocal and this makes me think they may have recently hatched chicks. I also had the pair of LEAST BITTERN again this morning, with one seen and one heard once again. They too should have chicks soon. Other than several Great Blue Herons and many of the expected passerines, that was about it. The eaglet, which fledged over the weekend, was back in the nest this morning preening and relaxing looking quite fit. The mother was on the branch nearby and it looks like the fledging went well. Eastern Kingbirds seemed to be everywhere today.

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