Bashakill really coming to life!

Yellow Warblers have come in in tremendous numbers over the last few days.

Yellow Warblers have come in in tremendous numbers over the last few days.

The last two days have really been great for birding at the Bashakill. I have spent my time birding with Wilma Amthor, Scott Baldinger and Bruce Nott. We have all gotten many FOS species at the Bashakill. The Stop Sign Trail, the Pine Boat Launch, the Nature Trail and the Birch Trail have all been jumping. FOS warblers have included, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Nashville, Black and White, and both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush. Scott also had Northern Parula and Black-throated Green Warbler. With the others we already had, it brings to 13 the number of warbler species seen this week. On the marsh, Virginia Rails, American Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe and Common Gallinules are all being seen. The big number of ducks are gone, but the occasional Ring-necked Duck and Common Merganser are still being seen along with the Mallards, Blacks and Wood Ducks. The FOS (late) Mute Swan was present on Haven Road today. Another bird I’ve missed but that has been seen by some was the FOS Baltimore Oriole. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds can be seen at Scott’s feeders as well as a couple of lingering Pine Siskins. On the flycatcher front, our FOS Least Flycatcher was seen today, along with Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Kingbirds. Click on photos for best viewing size.

Common Gallinules are in in many spots, but are most easily seen from the trail to the right of the Horseshoe Parking area.

Common Gallinules are in in many spots, but are most easily seen from the trail to the right of the Horseshoe Parking area.

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