This morning I had the privilege of birding with Karen Miller at the Bashakill. It was a fairly birdy morning and Flycatchers were the highlight. At the Orchard and Stop Sign Trail we had a mixed species flock of warblers including Black and White, Chestnut-sided, American Redstart and Magnolia. We had one cooperative Baltimore Oriole and a nice juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk. There were many Eastern Wood Pewees and quite a few empids. Right at the parking area we had a nice fall Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. On the Stop Sign Trail in the large dead tree just past the rock cut I had my FOS OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. The bird was quite cooperative giving great views of the white tufts near the wings. The bird sallied out for bugs a couple of times, turning when it landed showing its vest and white belly. It was a lifer for Karen and she had some nice views of the bird. On the Nature trail we had another mixed species flock that had several Ovenbirds, a female Black-throated Blue Warbler and of course many catbirds. The Eagle family put on a show off Haven Road and an Osprey was fishing out from the tower on the Nature Trail. A nice morning overall with 35 species seen.

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2 Responses to Bashakill

  1. Karen C Miller says:

    The privilege was all mine, John. We saw some awesome birds and I enjoyed soaking in as much birding knowledge from you as I could. I really liked the Magnolia and the Olive-sided Flycatcher. The Osprey dropping from on high and into the water was such a surprise and fun to see.

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