Another great day of fall birding

OK, when he stands right there, I can’t resist taking the shots.

Maha and Debbie photographing their life Baird’s Sanpiper at Apollo Plaza

This morning, I met Steve Davis at the Apollo Plaza. He was already viewing the BAIRD’S SANDPIPER. Killdeer, Least Sandpipers and Solitary Sandpipers (SD) rounded out the birds present. A Belted Kingfisher was unusual at parking lot puddles. Steve got some really great photos of the Baird’s, a lifer for him. I then went on to Morningside Park where, in the absence of the Merlin, 17 Least Sandpipers and 10 Killdeer were on the islands. Back to the Apollo, where I met Maha Katnani and Debbie Kral. They had contacted me last night, in hopes of arranging to see their life Baird’s. They were not disappointed. From there, we went to the Bashakill. Haven Road had two Osprey and several Herons, but other areas were quiet, at the Main Boat Launch we had 8 Great Egrets, 6 Great Blue Herons and a Bald Eagle. On to the Nature Trail. We had what was my largest mixed species flock of the fall thus far. Many nice birds and some gave great views. The flock included: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, American Redstart, Yellow-throated, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, FOS BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and FOS TENNESEE WARBLER, Black-throated Green and Blue Warblers, Magnolia, Black and White, Chestnut-sided and Blackburnian Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Pewees, nuthatches, chickadees and titmice. We had a field day! Debbie even managed to get a decent shot of the Bay-breasted Warbler. From there we went down South Road to the fishing spot where there were two Common Gallinule. Just as the ladies were getting on them, a kayak came around the corner, scaring the birds into the vegetation. All in all, it was a great morning with 52 species seen.

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