Great Morning at the Bashakill

Juvenile Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Nature Trail.  We had two juvies and two adults today.

Juvenile Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Nature Trail. We had two juvies and two adults today. Note the hint of yellow in bill and plain brown under-tail.

This morning, Scott Baldinger, Debbie Powell, Lee Hunter, Marlene and I birded the Bashakill. We started at Haven Road, did the Orchard and Stop Sign Trail, went on to the Nature Trail and Horseshoe Trail. I stopped at 12N, but I think they went on to the Deli Fields. There was a major influx of birds overnight. We had two large mixed species flocks off Haven Road and another at the Nature Trail. This was definitely the highest numbers of birds we have seen thus far in the fall season. Here are the totals of the highlights:

Green Heron – 1
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 2
Northern Harrier – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Broad-winged Hawk – 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 12
Eastern Wood Pewee – 12
Eastern Phoebe – 2
Yellow-throated Vireo – 2
Warbling Vireo – 1
Red-eyed Vireo -30
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
Veery – 1
Wood Thrush – 6
Gray Catbird – 30
Cedar Waxwing – 10
Nashville Warbler – 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler – 20
Magnolia Warbler – 10
Black-throated Green Warbler – 2
Blackburnian Warbler – 15
Black and White Warbler -5
American Redstart – 1
Common Yellowthroat 10
Wilson’s Warbler – 1
Scarlet Tanager – 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 2
Baltimore Oriole – 3

What was amazing as you can see from the list was the big numbers of Blackburnian, Magnolia and Chestnutsided Warblers. We had a total of 50 species for the morning.

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