male Blackpoll Warbler on the Nature Trail
Hooded Warbler by the foot bridge across from Orchard
This morning the Orchard/Stop Sign Trail and the Nature Trail were very active with the continuing arrival of warblers. I started at the Orchard where I found the male HOODED WARBLER back on territory just across the road near the foot bridge. Upon returning to the orchard side of the road I found a singing MOURNING WARBLER in the apple tree the Chestnut-sided Warbler has been hanging out in. In just moments, a singing male TENNESSEE WARBLER flew in singing as loud as it possibly could. All the other regular warblers were present as was a CANADA WARBLER. As I worked my way toward the parking area, more birds could be seen and heard. A second Canada Warbler, several Blackpoll Warblers and TWO more Tennessee Warblers were right in the lot. Further out on the Stop Sign Trail I had my county FOS WILLOW FLYCATCHER. I had a total of 12 warbler species at this stop. On to the Nature Trail. It too was quite active. I managed 13 species here, nice diversity, but no Tennessee or Mourning. Canada, Blackpoll and Magnolia Warblers were the highlights. Out in the marsh, birds were very active this morning. A Pied-billed Grebe and 4 Gallinule were calling constantly. As I turned to leave the board walk, I was thrilled to hear a SORA call in the marsh. On to Linear Park. Here, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat and Blue-winged Warblers were seen as were a few Indigo Buntings. The highlight was my FOS ALDER FLYCATCHER. On to Gumaer Falls Road. Blackburnian, Black-throated Green and Black and White Warblers were seen. Here I had my FOS ALDER FLYCATCHER. Not a bad morning with 19 species of warbler seen in all.
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