This morning I led the BKAA Annual Early Spring Migrant Bird Walk. We met at Haven Road at 8 am. 17 intrepid birders followed me along the road and eventually the Birch Trail at the Main Boat Launch on a very brisk first full day of spring. Waterfowl numbers were down somewhat from the past week, but we had a great walk none the less. We managed to see Canada Geese, Mallard, Black Duck, Wood Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and a female Lesser Scaup! At Haven Road, it was surreal watching four TREE SWALLOWS darting among the weeds in the ice and snow flurries searching for insects over the small patches of open water. Soon thereafter, a Killdeer flew over announcing his name as he went by. As is often the case in the early spring, the Bald Eagles were the show stealers. We had a total of 13 this morning, including two adult pairs and nine immatures. You could hardly look in any direction without seeing an eagle. An unexpected surprise was when we flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK from a wet warm water seep right along the Birch Trail! Karen Miller spotted it first, a lifer for her! I’d like to thank Karen for her help in directing participants to so many of the great birds with her scope! After over two hours of hiking around on a brisk morning, most participants departed after the Birch Trail hike. A few really gung ho birders continued on with the reward of an Eastern Screech Owl and eventually great looks at the Common Goldeneye and Lesser Scaup that had now moved closer to the road back at Haven Road. I’d also like to thank Gordon and Lori Lamb for being the participants that have attended more of these walks than anyone else. They are always eager participants and come the farthest, from Queens, Long Island every year! A great morning with great people, that’s what birding is all about!