Bashakill

One of four Woodcock on the side of the road at the Deli Fields Boat Launch.

One of four Woodcock on the side of the road at the Deli Fields Boat Launch.


Karen Miller and I birded the Bashakill this morning, focusing more on the trails today than the marsh. We had many of the expected species of birds and it was a nice morning of birding. Some of the highlights came in different forms today. A Spotted Turtle on the Stop Sign Trail was a nice find, and my first this year. Also on this trail we had a tiny hatchling tree frog, smaller than my pinky nail. I’m not sure what species it was, but it was quite neat. We birded the Horseshoe Parking area trail next, where we had more of the usual species. Veery were just about everywhere today and we even had great looks at a recently fledged chick. It seemed strange that we couldn’t see or hear a single Oriole of either kind today, can they be departing already? At the Deli Fields Boat Launch we had our highlight of the day. A couple had stopped along the road right before the launch and were taking some pictures along the road. We waited in the area by the duck box so as not to disturb them. I was thinking they might be taking photos of flowers. They got back in the car and pulled up to us stating that there were three AMERICAN WOODCOCK right along the road. We walked right over, but found nothing. We spent the next ten minutes checking the undergrowth when Karen spotted one of the birds. Continued searching enabled us to eventually find all three. They put on a nice show, preening and feeding in the undergrowth. They really remind me of a Kiwi! They began to move on and we decided to check the trail in from the Wood Duck Box to see if we could spot them from there. We did. We continued watching, snapping a possible photo here and there. As we moved in a bit closer, they began to walk off to our right, now there were four of them! Photo ops were few, but I actually got one shot of the Woodcock eating a worm. It was a lot of fun watching their antics. Great morning!
Though the bird is mostly obscured, if you look closely, you will see it is eating an earthworm.

Though the bird is mostly obscured, if you look closely, you will see it is eating an earthworm.


A very nice looking Spotted Turtle.

A very nice looking Spotted Turtle.

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2 Responses to Bashakill

  1. scott baldinger says:

    Hi John
    Nice find on the Spotted Turtle!
    Scott

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