Bashakill WMA and McDonald Road Linear Park

The Leucistic American Robin has returned to the Bashakill for the third year and appears to be nesting this year.

The Leucistic American Robin has returned to the Bashakill for the third year and appears to be nesting this year.


This morning I birded the above locations. There was considerable bird activity and while warbler numbers were way down, overall diversity was up. I finally got to see the Leucistic American Robin that has been around for several years. While I’ve seen many photos of the bird, this was the first time I’ve actually seen the bird. It is a stunning individual. It appears to be mated with a normal Robin, and they are nesting near the Stop Sign Trail parking area. If you would like to see it, try late in the day at that spot. There were a number of FOS birds for me, At the Bashakill, House Wren, Bank Swallow and CERULEAN WARBLER were all new. The Cerulean Warblers were one each at the Nature Trail entrance and the Horseshoe Parking area. At McDonald Road my FOS birds were White-crowned Sparrow and Great-crested Flycatcher. I only had 14 species of warbler overall, which is somewhat down from recent days. Brown Thrashers seemed to be everywhere. Here are a couple of shots from today.
Brown Thrasher singing high in a cherry tree.

Brown Thrasher singing high in a cherry tree.

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