Bashakill

My first photographable Green Heron this year, this one part of a pair that maintained contact, interacted and called back and forth when out of view of each other. This is a good sign for breeding here.  Note the bright orange legs of a breeding bird.

My first photographable Green Heron this year, this one part of a pair that maintained contact, interacted and called back and forth when out of view of each other. This is a good sign for breeding here. Note the bright orange legs of a breeding bird.


There was a major influx of migrants overnight! While I didn’t get to many FOS species, the numbers of nearly everything exploded. Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart (first females seen) and Ovenbird numbers were very high, all species number well over twenty and Yellow Warblers in the forties. Baltimore Orioles were present in all areas with the first few females of the season seen as well. Gray Catbirds numbered nearly fifty individuals and probably more. FOS species included (4) BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER (two singing males), a LINCOLN’S SPARROW and my first SOLITARY SANDPIPER! Marsh birds made their presence known too. The AMERICAN BITTERN was calling on Haven Road, the PIED-BILLED GREBE was calling regularly, COMMON GALLINULES could be heard in several spots, but with the vegetation growing quickly now, are tough to see. Great Blue Herons were in several spots and three GREEN HERONS were easily seen as well. I had my first Red-eyed Vireo yesterday at Linear Park, but the first two today at the Bashakill. I had three singing male CERULEAN WARBLERS today, two where pairs are known to be, and a third that I have yet to see a female with.

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