Bashakill continues to please!

Gray-cheeked Thrush on the Nature Trail

Gray-cheeked Thrush on the Nature Trail

This morning, Karen Miller, John Mueger and I birded the Bashakill. We covered most of the best areas. It was immediately clear that an abundance of flycatchers had come in overnight. Three Willow Flycatchers and one Alder Flycatcher were calling from the Stop Sign Trail. Many empids were seen, but not identified. Great Crested, Least, Eastern Kingbird and Eastern Phoebe were all plentiful. At the Nature Trail, another YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and probable ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were also seen. Among the thrush today, another GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH joined the Swainson’s Thrush on Thrush Point. Warblers were down slightly, but still made a notable presence. This afternoon I returned to the Bash to try to photograph some of these birds. I was able to get good shots of the Gray-cheeked Thrush, but the flycatchers didn’t cooperate today. I did have my first INDIGO BUNTING at the Nature Trail this afternoon. It was a great day. Scott Baldinger found all of the above birds a bit later this afternoon, confirming the one flycatcher to be an Acadian.

Gray-cheeked Thrush. Note the overall cool gray/brown color, plain gray cheeks, black mustacial streak and black spotting on the breast. (next shot)

Gray-cheeked Thrush. Note the overall cool gray/brown color, plain gray cheeks, black malar streak and black spotting on the breast. (next shot)

 

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Perhaps the most colorful denizen of the Nature Trail today, an Indigo Bunting.

Perhaps the most colorful denizen of the Nature Trail today, an Indigo Bunting.

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