Another great morning at the Bashakill

one of two Gray-cheeked Thrush on the "Thrush Point" section of the Nature Trail 5/21/13

one of two Gray-cheeked Thrush on the “Thrush Point” section of the Nature Trail 5/21/13

This morning I birded the Orchard/Stop Sign Trail and Nature Trails. It was again quite birdy, though migrant warblers were down by number of species from yesterday. Highlights were my FOS BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on the Stop Sign Trail, my County FOS YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS (2) on the Nature Trail and my FOS GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (2) on the “Thrush Point” section of the Nature Trail. Another highlight was (2) MOURNING WARBLERS on the Nature Trail. Both were singing, and one was seen well. (2) CANADA WARBLERS and at least (12) BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were the only other migrant warblers seen. A special highlight of the morning was a singing Swainson’s Thrush at the Orchard. The bird sat right over the bridge on the road in, singing its heart out. This is the first time I have ever SEEN a Swainson’s Thrush singing. They don’t normally do it here on migration and the few times I’ve heard them singing was always in the distance somewhere. It was a real treat.

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