First real passerine movement at Bashakill this spring!

An adult Broad-winged Hawk hunting on the Nature Trail.

An adult Broad-winged Hawk hunting on the Nature Trail.


I met Karen Miller and Arlene Borko at the Bashakill this morning hoping for some movement overnight. That’s exactly what happened. As we were scanning a small mixed species flock at the Haven Road Parking Lot, we found Yellow-rumped Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Black and White Warblers, Pine Warblers and an abundance of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Scott Baldinger called to say there was a good fallout at the Nature Trail. We headed down there where we briefly met Scott who gave us some updates. Before we even got out of the parking lot, we had our FOS AMERICAN REDSTART! Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were everywhere. When we reached to area to the right of the sand pit, we had our first Eastern Towhee. As we headed to the Observation Tower, everything broke loose. There were so many warblers, we didn’t know which way to look. By far the most abundant were Yellow-rumped Warblers, we must have had thirty at this location alone. Also in good number were PALM WARBLERS! This was the best movement of this species I have seen this year. As we scanned these birds looking for a couple of others Scott had mentioned, I found our FOS YELLOW WARBLER! We finally came upon the BLUE-HEADED VIREO Scott had told us about, but we missed the Northern Parula and Black-throated Green Warbler he had seen. We experienced a good movement of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS at the Nature Trail as well, three in the air and one perched in a tree. There were several Pine Warblers in the area as well. At other locations at the Bashakill, we had one COMMON GALLINULE and one VIRGINIA RAIL! We found continuing good numbers of Ring-necked Ducks and had half a dozen GREEN-WINGED TEAL as well.

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