A busy day of two county birding

A distant shot of the Stilt Sandpiper found by Rob Stone this morning (bird on left with Dunlin)

A distant shot of the Stilt Sandpiper found by Rob Stone this morning (bird on left with Dunlin)

Today's shot of the Gray-cheeked Thrush is better than yesterdays

Today’s shot of the Gray-cheeked Thrush is better than yesterdays

This morning I met Bill Fiero and Wayne Hall at the Bashakill. We birded a while when Jeff Goulding joined us. We birded the Orchard and Stop Sign Trail and then the Nature Trail. Bird numbers were down, especially warblers, but there were still some good birds around. Blackpolls and Canada Warblers were the primary migrants. Flycatchers were quite common and one possible Olive-sided was on the SSTR, but took off the moment we got on it and we couldn’t be positive of the ID. I had a total of 13 warbler species. Out on Thrush Point off the Nature Trail at least one GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH continues. At 11am I got a call from Rob Stone informing me he had found a breeding plumaged STILT SANDPIPER on Oil City Road. I headed down there where Rob was still on the bird. I was pleasantly surprised to find he also had 7 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS with the Stilt. Also present were Dunlin, Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer. Thanks Rob for the heads up on these great birds. From there I went to Indiana Road to try for the GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS Rob had found last week. It took nearly an hour, but a rain shower seemed to get everything singing, including the Grasshopper. It finally popped up and chased a second bird whose ID I’m not sure of. When the chase was over the Grasshopper sat for several seconds in a bare open spot giving a nice view. Thanks again for this one as well Rob.

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