Bashakill

This Viceroy was one of dozens of Butterflies at the fields this morning.

This Viceroy was one of dozens of Butterflies at the fields this morning.

One of the hundreds of tiny toads that littered the ground near the Deli Field Boat Launch.

One of the hundreds of tiny toads that littered the ground near the Deli Field Boat Launch.

One of four male Indigo Buntings singing their hearts out at the Deli Fields this morning.

One of four male Indigo Buntings singing their hearts out at the Deli Fields this morning.

I had an interesting morning at the Bashakill today. The flood waters are starting to recede, but Haven Road is still submerged and passable only in a high clearance vehicle. The trails are mostly passable, but some wet spots continue. The best part of the day today was at the Deli Fields. Not only were the birds quite active, but so were the Butterflies and Amphibians. Bird wise I had 23 species there. Highlights included: Cedar Waxwing, Indigo Buntings, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow and Brown Thrasher. I also had a good morning for Butterflies, highlights included: Tiger Swallowtail, Great-spangled Fritillary, Viceroy, and a good hatch of Silver-spotted Skippers. The amphibian highlight was a tremendous hatch of American Toads. Literally hundreds of these tiny creatures were in the road and parking area just before the Boat Launch. I had to watch every step I took as they scooted out of my way in every direction. Later I met up with Scott Baldinger and we birded the Orchard and Stop Sign Trail. We had all the typically expected birds for this time of year.

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