Morningside and Bashakill

I kayaked Morningside Park and had some good birds. The usual shorebirds were present (Killdeer, Spotted and Least Sandpipers) as well as waders (Great Blue Heron, Great Egret) and waterfowl. The highlight was 6 AMERICAN PIPITS on the mud flats. From there I went to the Bashakill. It was still hopping! On the way into the Nature Trail I found two sparring Brown Thrashers. There were quite a few sparrows on the way in. Out in the woods past the sand pit there were quite a few warblers, though not as many as yesterday. Magnolia and Black-throated Green were the most numerous. Black and White, Chestnut-sided, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Bay-breasted and Common Yellowthroat were all seen in ones or twos. When I headed back to the Boardwalk, that’s when it really got hopping. As I reached the first section, sparrows began crossing the boardwalk. Over a dozen each of Song, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows crossed. Four Eastern Towhees, three Indigo Buntings and a single Lincoln’s Sparrow all crossed, feeding in the grasses as they went. It was a pretty neat sight. From there I went to the Deli Fields which were quieter than yesterday. About two Dozen Chipping Sparrows and Field Sparrow were all I saw. Eastern Bluebird and Phoebes and American Goldfinch were all seen as well. Unusual was the fact that I didn’t see a single Waxwing nor Kinglet today.

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