Bashakill arrivals

Scott Baldinger, Karen Miller and I were out birding the Bashakill again this morning. Highlights of the day were my FOS LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (found both at the Bashakill and Gumaer Falls Road) and FOS BROWN THRASHER! Other highlights included good numbers of both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Pine Warblers. Though I missed any other warblers today, Lance Verderame reported he found Palm Warblers on the Nature Trail. Duck numbers were way down. I had only 8 Green-winged Teal, 15 Ring-necked Ducks and a pair of Gadwall aside from the regular resident ducks. Rusty Blackbirds continue in good numbers and the Virginia Rails continue to be heard on the Birch Trail. The Osprey is working on refurbishing its nest, though only one continues to be seen thus far. It also appears that the Bald Eagle eggs in the nest at the Main Boat Launch hatched on or about Wednesday 3/30 as evidenced by the birds behavior of sitting up high and constantly tending something in the nest.

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